SharePoint 2010 - Tab Web Part JQuery, Java, and CSS

I have been searching for a simple tab web part for SharePoint but mostly came up empty handed… I was looking for something that a user can easily drag and drop a web part onto a specific tab within the page. There are quite a few free tab web parts out there but most of them were not just quite what I wanted. I checked out the following Tab web part solutions.

  1. Easy Tabs: From Path To SharePoint
    • Pro: The tabs automatically take the name of the web part.
    • Con: There is no option to add more than one web part per tab, and the User Interface is not that intuitive.
  2. Zone Tabs: From MSDN
    • Pro: You have a lot of options for tab customization
    • Con: It’s a web part that you have to install on the server. From what I remember it’s not that easy to re-arrange the web parts on the page.

I finally found this article from Bits Of SharePoint Site:

His code was exactly what I needed. All I had to do was make a few adjustments of the HTML and create my own tab styles. The process to get this to work is you simply edit the page layout in the source link below (Code is already included in header control) and change the name of the tabs to what ever you want. You can have as many tabs as you want but if you go over 8 you will need to add more web part zones.

<li><a href="#tab-1" class="selected"><span>Tab1</span></a></li>
<li><a href="#tab-2" ><span>Tab2</span></a></li>
<li><a href="#tab-3" ><span>Tab3</span></a></li>

Once you have your tabs specified, simply choose what design you want. I created a few example designs that will get you started. To change the designs simply remove the commented out referenced style sheet and comment out the one you don’t want. You can place the support files anywhere you want but the links in the page layout point to the 12 hive: /_layouts/1033/styles/tabstyles/

For inspiration, I looked around the web and found a few unique styles that I wanted to replicate, and I also came up with a few of my own.

Design 1: MSN

Design 2: Yahoo

Design 3: WebMD

Design 3a: WebMD Alt

Design 4: Rounded Tabs 1

Design 5: Rounded Tabs 2

Drop me a comment if you found this useful!

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