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Tabs are used to quickly navigate between views within the same context.


  • Tabs should always be placed on top of the content they represent.
  • Tabs differ from primary forms of navigation, such as Navbars, in that they are considered to be related to each other (i.e. types of media, genres of music, etc…)
  • Users shouldn’t need to simultaneously see content from multiple tabs.
  • The currently selected tab should be appropriately highlighted.
  • Always have one tab pre-selected.
  • Tabs should be easy to scan and thus should have short, meaningful labels or icons. Avoid long text labels that don’t truncate or wrap.
  • Labels should either be all text or all icons, not both intermixed.
  • Avoid nesting tabs.
  • Make unselected tabs visible to avoid potentially hiding features/content from the user.
  • Maintain consistency by not removing tabs when their function is unavailable. Instead offer an explanation as to why a tab’s content is unavailable and present the user with an action to remedy it.
  • Always arrange tabs in an order that makes sense for the user.

There are three types of tabs:

  • Text only has boarder to clear to users.
  • Icon text is the same as current Modus.
  • Icon only.
State Example Height
Text Only

Text & Icon

Icon Only


Note: In-cab size only. See mobile patterns (coming soon) for smaller options if required.


  • Try to organize tabs so that the most relevant, pre-selected tab is also the left most tab.
  • When clicked, tabs should transition between views and highlight the selected tab.
  • Disabled tabs should have a reduced opacity.
  • Tab content should not disrupt the overall page layout in ways that negatively impact user experience.
  • At a smaller screen size, the tabs collapse into a dropdown.

OEM Branding

  • This component can be branded for OEM’s.

Example of Tabs with OEM Branding


  • Tab labels should be in all uppercase.
  • Avoid tab labels that contain more than two words.
  • Avoid truncating tab labels.