TAB Control

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1- LabVIEW-style Tab Control. In the modern palette, select subpalette "Containers" and insert Tab Control. Although it doesn't seem as professional-looking as the system-stye tab control, it's color can be modified. The system's tab control cannot. LV style.jpg

2- System-Style Tab Control. In the system palette, select the Tab Control. System style.jpg

Elements of Tab Control

Tab elements.jpg

When building a user interface, it is common to hide the tab control label. Use a significant naming convention for your tab(s) in order not to get mixed up in your block diagram, especially if you have many tab controls.

There are three states for tabs. Tabs can be enabled (i.e. user selectable), disabled (looks the same has enabled state, but not selectable), or disabled and grayed. This last state is a useful feature for password-protected configuration tabs. The state can be programmatically controlled (see properties below).

In addition to page enabling, it is possible to hide a tab altogether using the page visibility properties. An example of how you can use this feature would be if you have a generic UI but you want to keep some features out-of-reach of operators and show the features for maintenance or machine administrator.

The page label display is hidden by default. To show it, it is required to right-click on the tabs and select >>Visible Items/Page Labels Display. The tabs are shown by default. It is possible to hide them (to control tabbing programmatically) >>Visible Items/Tabs.


There are many properties to a Tab Control. The most important ones are shown below.

Show/hide the tabs (page selector). Page selector visible.jpg

Show/hide the page labels display. Page labeldisplay visible.jpg

Array of references to each pages (in tabbing order). Pages reference.jpg