# Elementor Tabs

Elementor Core Basic Elementor Tabs

In some panels, Elementor uses tab navigation to display controls. When extending Elementor, you can use any tab you need, or create new ones.

# Built-in Tabs

Elementor has 6 pre-defined tabs used in different panels:

Name/ID Label Constant
content Content \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_CONTENT
style Style \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_STYLE
advanced Advanced \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_ADVANCED
responsive Responsive \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_RESPONSIVE
layout Layout \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_LAYOUT
settings Settings \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_SETTINGS

The tabs are set in the \Elementor\Controls_Manager class. They are defined as constants and registered using the init_tabs() method; each constant contains the tab name and label.

# Usage Examples

The widgets panel, for example, displays controls in a Content tab, allowing the user to set the widget content, and a Style tab to design the content. In addition, Elementor adds an Advanced tab to all widgets.

The page settings panel, on the other hand, displays controls in the Settings tab, the Style tab, the Layout tab, among others – depending on the settings.

# Using Tabs

When we add a new control to the element panel, we use the inherited add_control() method. Before adding a new control, we need to create a new section using the start_controls_section() method. We use this method to define the tab:





 



$this->start_controls_section(
	'style_section',
	[
		'label' => esc_html__( 'Style Section', 'plugin-name' ),
		'tab' => \Elementor\Controls_Manager::TAB_STYLE,
	]
);
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# Add New Tabs

To create custom tabs, use the add_tab() method:

function add_panel_tab() {
	\Elementor\Controls_Manager::add_tab(
		'new-tab',
		esc_html__( 'New Tab', 'plugin-name' )
	);
}
add_action( 'elementor/init', 'add_panel_tab' );
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To add a custom icon above the tab label, you will need to add custom CSS:

.elementor-panel .elementor-tab-control-new-tab a:before {
	font-family: eicons;
	content: '\e942';
}
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# Best Practices

Official Guidelines

The official Elementor guidelines strongly recommend using one of the default tabs.

Nevertheless, this feature is documented as some addon authors use code workarounds that slow down the editor and, in some edge cases, break it.