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#3922 closed feature (wontfix)

Opened January 23, 2009 09:08PM UTC

Closed May 18, 2011 12:52PM UTC

Last modified March 13, 2014 10:37PM UTC

Tabs: Horizontal scrolling

Reported by: klaus.hartl Owned by: klaus.hartl
Priority: trivial Milestone: 1.8
Component: ui.tabs Version: 1.7.2
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked by: Blocking:

If number of tabs exceed the available space, buttons should be provided to scroll through the tabs. The tabs shouldn't wrap.

See Firefox for example.

Design is required as well.

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Change History (14)

Changed January 23, 2009 09:27PM UTC by klaus.hartl comment:1

Another example:

Changed January 23, 2009 09:31PM UTC by klaus.hartl comment:2

summary: Provide horizontally scrolling through tabs in case of to less spaceProvide horizontally scrolling through tabs in case of too less space

Changed February 02, 2009 05:46PM UTC by yanndinendal comment:3

I strongly agree with this. There should be a way to do this!

I tried with jCarousel (, but it doesn't work well with tabs: it is made to scroll with items having a fixed width, like images' thumbnails. So it is quite buggy with the variable-length text we have in tabs headers.

Changed February 17, 2009 12:44PM UTC by jzaefferer comment:4


Changed July 09, 2009 02:27PM UTC by jzaefferer comment:5

milestone: 1.next1.8
version: 1.6rc51.7.2

Duplicate of #4628

Changed August 04, 2009 06:49PM UTC by sneed424 comment:6

Changed February 16, 2010 05:03AM UTC by Rob Loach comment:7

Replying to [comment:6 sneed424]:

another good example for a previous version of jquery Example:

This is REALLY nice.

Changed May 04, 2010 02:23PM UTC by aamirafridi comment:8

I just finish working on

Replying to [comment:1 klaus.hartl]:

Another example:

Changed August 02, 2010 10:03PM UTC by aamirafridi comment:9

For now I have created a plugin for this:

Changed March 28, 2011 07:15PM UTC by gnarf comment:10

status: newopen

Replying to [comment:9 aamirafridi]:

For now I have created a plugin for this:

I like the result of this work - Perhaps there is a way we could get some of these features baked into the real tabs API?

Changed April 11, 2011 02:17PM UTC by scottgonzalez comment:11

priority: majortrivial
summary: Provide horizontally scrolling through tabs in case of too less spaceTabs: Horizontal scrolling

Changed May 18, 2011 12:52PM UTC by scottgonzalez comment:12

resolution: → wontfix
status: openclosed

This should be built as an extension. It's bad UX to have so many tabs that you need to scroll.

Changed October 03, 2012 05:04PM UTC by scottgonzalez comment:13

milestone: 1.next1.8

Changed March 13, 2014 10:37PM UTC by john.allred comment:14

Currently when the tabs are wider than the viewport (either because there are too many tabs, or the viewport is too small, or the user has made their browser window smaller) the jquery ui tabs wrap in a very unprofessional manner. While researching this issue I have come across many requests that the ui tabs be made scrollable (which also seems to me to be the logical thing to do), but since you don't want to do that can you at least fix the CSS so when the tabs wrap to multiple lines they don't look like the site was built by a 5th grader?