Legacy tabs

Use to alternate among related views within the same context.


This component is no longer supported. The new Tabs component can be used as a standalone component, but is used primarily within IndexFilters for navigating and creating saved views of filtered IndexTables. Learn more about our component lifecycles.

Legacy tabs component examples

Use for most cases, especially when the number of tabs may be more than three.

import {LegacyCard, LegacyTabs} from '@shopify/polaris';
import {useState, useCallback} from 'react';

function TabsExample() {
  const [selected, setSelected] = useState(0);

  const handleTabChange = useCallback(
    (selectedTabIndex: number) => setSelected(selectedTabIndex),

  const tabs = [
      id: 'all-customers-1',
      content: 'All',
      accessibilityLabel: 'All customers',
      panelID: 'all-customers-content-1',
      id: 'accepts-marketing-1',
      content: 'Accepts marketing',
      panelID: 'accepts-marketing-content-1',
      id: 'repeat-customers-1',
      content: 'Repeat customers',
      panelID: 'repeat-customers-content-1',
      id: 'prospects-1',
      content: 'Prospects',
      panelID: 'prospects-content-1',

  return (
      <LegacyTabs tabs={tabs} selected={selected} onSelect={handleTabChange}>
        <LegacyCard.Section title={tabs[selected].content}>
          <p>Tab {selected} selected</p>

Best practices

Tabs should:

  • Represent the same kind of content, such as a list-view with different filters applied. Don’t use tabs to group content that is dissimilar.
  • Only be active one at a time.
  • Not force merchants to jump back and forth to do a single task. Merchants should be able to complete their work and find what they need under each tab.
  • Not be used for primary navigation.

Content guidelines


Tabs should:

  • Be clearly labeled to help differentiate the different sections beneath them.

  • Have short and scannable labels, generally kept to single word.

  • Relate to the section of Shopify they’re on. Imagine the page section title is an invisible noun after the tab. For example, the tabs for the orders section are:

    • All
    • Open
    • Unfulfilled
    • Unpaid

The tabs for the gift cards section are:

  • All
  • New
  • Partially used
  • Used
  • Disabled

And for the customers section, the tabs are:

  • All
  • New
  • Returning
  • Abandoned checkouts
  • Email subscribers

Where possible, follow this pattern when writing tabs.

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