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Tab panel example

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A sample tab panel built using GUIDE.


Updated 01 Sep 2016

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Using a few special techniques, it is possible to build a tab panel using GUIDE.

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Bill York (2020). Tab panel example (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

Comments and Ratings (24)

t4 t3

modify line 114 of tabpanelfcn.m
"all_panel_children = [all_panel_children, this_set];"
"all_panel_children = [all_panel_children; this_set];"

Jack Abel

I can't use this Tabpanel, my version is 2017A.



I am a novice in matlab. I just downloaded the zip but I dunno know how to use it. Anyone who can give a comment?



Maybe this can help me! Thanks!



Dear "dont ask",
What is your real name?

More importantly everything you ask is in the comments in the code, and the specialized heavy lifting is all separated out into the only other .m file. I'm left to wonder: did you even look at the code?

on another note, Tabs in guis is over a decade old (VB anyone?), that mathworks can't figure out how to add this to their basic gui builder is beyond ridiculous.

To organize complex guis, I now just have one gui call another because it is a pain to go back through LAYERS of objects to edit any of them.

dont ask

What do you call to change tabs in the code? Also how do you determine the current tab you are on in the code?

Yuliya Karpievitch

This is a good simple example of how to mimic tabs in Matlab GUIs. In our own code we can make small changes to make tabs more realistic.

drevom seb

Dmitry Vasilyev

This example is useless. It doesn't have any look and feel of the tabbed environment.

Vivek Kumar

Nice work!

Aurelie Canale

Joaquim Luis

So good, after all this years.

ebrahim sepidbar


sravanthi vullikanti

this is very nice and for my application i need one more tab so pls suggest me the things to be added and changed in the code.
thanks in advance.

Rafy Azman

Hi! Good one... but is there any solution for putting panel on the tab?

Jokin Beristain

Thank you very much. It helps me lot for finish my program. Very usefull

Toshi Kawashima

Yogesh Mehta

Thanks. Wwill be useful for me...

YuJie Chang

Thanks, this is what i am looking for, too. Very helpful to my final year project.

Scott Findlay

Great Stuff! Just what I was looking for. Keep up the good work!


Good, just what i am looking for. Tested under win 2k with matlba released121, working perfect. But under win 98 and NT with matlab released 12, error found.


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