July 15, 2024

11 Useful jQuery Tab Navigation Solutions

Sometimes using tabs just makes a lot of sense. For instance, if you have a limited amount of screen real estate, tabs can allow you to save room by giving the user a way to toggle between several items in a small space. And to take your tabs a step further, you can throw jQuery into the mix for some nice transition and animation effects. If you’ve yet to build a tab navigation with jQuery, here are 11 tutorials and plugins to help you get going.

Create A Tabbed Interface Using jQuery

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A tutorial and plugin for creating an animated tabbed area.

Sweet AJAX Tabs With jQuery 1.4 & CSS3

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In this tutorials you’ll learn how to create an AJAX-powered tab page with CSS3 and jQuery.

Building a Better Blogroll: Dynamic Fun with SimplePie and jQuery

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This tutorials teaches you how to build a dynamic tabbed blogroll with some fun jQuery animations.

Create a Slick Tabbed Content Area using CSS & jQuery

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This tutorials teaches you how to build a simple little tabbed information box in HTML, then make it function using some simple Javascript, and then finally weโ€™ll achieve the same thing using the jQuery library.

Feature List

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This jQuery plugin enables simple and easy creation of an interactive “Featured Items” widget.

Fancy Sliding Form with jQuery

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This tutorial teaches you how to create a fancy sliding form that shows some validation feedback to the user after each step. This form saves a lot of space and is easy to access โ€“ it basically works like a slide show, just that we have fieldsets of a form instead of images.

Create A Tabbed Interface Using jQuery

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This tutorial teaches you how to easily create a tabbed interface using the Tabs function in the jQuery UI library.


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This Jquery plugin lets you easily create tabbed content. All you need is an ul-element with some li-elements and a couple of related content-divs. The major difference between Tabify and itโ€™s competitors is itโ€™s size.


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jQuery Plugin that generates a Tab Navigation from Markup that makes sense without Javascript. The generated Tabs are the only ones out there that work for Screenreader users without support for WAI ARIA.


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idTabs is a plugin for jQuery that makes adding tabs into a website super simple. But it can also open the door to endless possiblities.

jQuery Moving Tab and Sliding Content Tutorial

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Learn how to build a lava lamp tab and sliding content all together with just simple jQuery code. This script is good for sidebar that display recent posts, comments and community news.


Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.


  1. Lucian Reply

    Nice examples, but .tabs() can do more! For example, on one of my websites (http://www.678voli.it/), I implemented on the homepage a “Latest Articles” section (similar to “Feature List”) that presents the last 4 news&photos in a very user friendly way, by using .tabs(). The news rotate every 10 seconds and the user can check it/stop the animation by simply moving the mouse over any news tab.
    If you like it, you may consider adding it to your list ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Dheeraj Reply

    Create a Slick Tabbed Content Area using CSS & jQuery : is really going to work in real web projects. Because it looks attractive and user friendly.

  3. Web Design Solution Reply

    jquery have been on the top lately and can skyrock your website. Indeed their are many useful tips over here that can help you improve your website by using jquery. Many thanks to the author for these tips/tutorials plus some new ideas that we can implement.

  4. Designs Blessign Reply

    Jquery really helps to build animated website. In past we use flash for these kinds of work but know Jquery really holds it. Very easy to use and also no requirement for flash player.

  5. kelly johnson Reply

    Pretty nice, but most tab systems should actually create a hash so that any tab can be directly linked to. Why make a user come to page “X” then, click say the fourth tab when it should be hotlinked so it would be: http://www.something.com/#fourth or whatever for bookmarking and sharing.

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