How to create tabbed interfaces in Tkinter Python

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by vigneshchennai74 dot icon Updated: Jul 10, 2023

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The Tkinter Tabs feature lets you build tabbed interfaces for your applications. Tabs make displaying various content categories or sections easy in a single window. You can group related widgets under different tabs with Tkinter Tabs. Users can switch between tabs to access different content or functionality. Each tab represents a specific section of your application.  


It can create TkinterTabs.Widget for the notebook, which houses the tabbed interface. When compared to the standard Tkinter widgets, it offers enhanced widget styles.  


To add tabs to your Tkinter GUI, you can follow these steps:  

  • Import the necessary modules: import tkinter as tk and from tkinter import ttk.  
  • Create a new instance of the ttk.Notebook widget: notebook = ttk.Notebook(root).  
  • Create and configure individual frames or containers for each tab's content.  
  • Add the frames to the notebook using the add() method: notebook.add(frame, text="Tab Name").  
  • Pack or grid the notebook widget within your main window.  
  • Adding frames creates a tabbed interface where each tab displays its content.  

To switch between tabs, users can click on the tab names at the notebook's top. The selected tab's content will be visible, while the content of other tabs remains hidden. This provides a way to organize and present different sections of your application. You can customize the tab appearance, such as changing the tab color and font style or adding icons. Tkinter Tabs also supports dynamic tab creation and deletion. It allows change in the tabbed interface based on user actions or requirements.  


It provides a way to organize and present many content sections within a Tkinter GUI. You can create a tabbed interface by using the widget and configuring frames. It enhances user experience and improves the usability of your application.