How to enable Scrolling Tabs in a JTabbedPane Container


To enable scrolling tabs in a JTabbedPane container, use the setTabLayoutPolicy() method −

tabbedPane.setTabLayoutPolicy(JTabbedPane.SCROLL_TAB_LAYOUT);

Above, we have set the constant to be SCROLL_TAB_LAYOUT, since we want the scroller to be visible when all the tabs won’t fit within a single run.

The following is an example to enable scrolling tabs in a JTabbedPane container −

Example

package my;
import javax.swing.*;
import java.awt.*;
public class SwingDemo {
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      JFrame frame = new JFrame("Devices");
      JTabbedPane tabbedPane = new JTabbedPane();
      JTextArea text = new JTextArea(100,100);
      JPanel panel1, panel2, panel3, panel4, panel5, panel6, panel7, panel8;
      panel1 = new JPanel();
      panel2 = new JPanel();
      panel2.add(text);
      panel3 = new JPanel();
      panel4 = new JPanel();
      panel5 = new JPanel();
      panel6 = new JPanel();
      panel7 = new JPanel();
      panel8 = new JPanel();
      tabbedPane.setBackground(Color.yellow);
      tabbedPane.setForeground(Color.black);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Laptop", panel1);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Desktop ", panel2);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Notebook", panel3);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Echo ", panel4);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Tablet", panel5);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Alexa ", panel6);
      tabbedPane.addTab("Notebook", panel7);
      tabbedPane.addTab("iPad", panel8);
      tabbedPane.setTabLayoutPolicy(JTabbedPane.SCROLL_TAB_LAYOUT);
      frame.add(tabbedPane);
      frame.setDefaultCloseOperation(JFrame.EXIT_ON_CLOSE);
      frame.setSize(400,350);
      frame.setVisible(true);
   }
}

Output

On scrolling and pressing the right navigation, the following is visible. Rest of the tabs are visible now −


Updated on: 30-Jul-2019

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