I tend to think panes in my sleep – I’ve written around 8 1/2 of them now, mostly in fits of laziness about my real job. Anything I can keep within a click or two, I try to put in a pane somewhere. I’m not looking for Multi-Emacs, but I do like convenience.
I’d rather spend time writing a macro once than do things the hard way twice.
Brian, I think you’ll find the change will take you less than 5 minutes – it’s literally a search and replace (4 items) and a quick edit to change the caption for the tab. Let me know if you have any trouble.