Activities: oohoo - Tab display

Maintained by Picture of Patrick ThibaudeauPatrick Thibaudeau, Picture of Nicolas BretinNicolas Bretin
The tab display module allows you to setup your information in a tabbed format. This helps to clean up your course by combining several resources into Tabs.
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Tab Display is a resource module used to display course information such as notes, readings, biography etc, in a tab structure per chapter/module within a course.

Websites can also be embedded into the tabs. Using Moodle auto-linking, helps create links to other activities or resources.

New features:

  • A general description can be added above the tabs
  • PDF embedded functionality. If you put a link with a PDF file on the content of a tab (without any text around), the PDF file will be displayed in an iFrame


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Patrick Thibaudeau (Lead maintainer)
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Nicolas Bretin: Programmer
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  • Picture of Nyree Williams
    Tue, Nov 27, 2012, 4:35 PM
    it won't install - Moodle 2.3
  • Picture of Patrick Thibaudeau
    Tue, Nov 27, 2012, 9:52 PM
    Hi Nyree,

    I just installed it on Moodle 2.3.3 with no issues. If using linux, check your permissions on the folder. I have tested and is running on all 2.x versions including Moodle 2.4
  • Picture of Nyree Williams
    Wed, Nov 28, 2012, 12:15 AM
    Salut Patrick
    I'm still getting this error: on Moodle 2.3.3+ (Build: 20121123)

    Plugin "block/tab" is defective or outdated, can not continue, sorry.

    Debug info: Missing main block class file.
    Error code: detectedbrokenplugin
    Stack trace:

    line 723 of /lib/upgradelib.php: plugin_defective_exception thrown
    line 360 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins_blocks()
    line 1524 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 329 of /admin/index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()
  • Picture of Patrick Thibaudeau
    Wed, Nov 28, 2012, 1:02 AM
    Hi Nyree

    Innocent mistake. Has happened to me before. The tab display is not a block. It's an activity module and therefore must be installed in the mod folder and not the blocks folder.
  • Picture of Nyree Williams
    Thu, Nov 29, 2012, 12:21 PM
    OK thanks Patrick, now installed in Mod folder and working (but the README file needs updating)!


    1. Rename the folder to 'tab'
    2. Copy the folder tab to moodle/blocks
    3. Install the plugin

  • Picture of Nicolas Bretin
    Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 7:50 AM
    Hi Nyree,
    I corrected the Readme file with "mod".
    Thanks for your comment!
  • Picture of Andreas Panagiotopoulos
    Fri, Jun 14, 2013, 4:09 PM
    It would be useful to be able to attach files at each available tab..
  • Picture of Patrick Thibaudeau
    Fri, Jun 14, 2013, 11:56 PM
    Hi Andreas

    Do you mean that when you click on the tab, it opens a word file or other file type.
  • Picture of Paul Vivian
    Thu, Jul 11, 2013, 7:17 AM
    Great plug in, but FAILING the latest release.. DO NOT UPDATE YOUR SYSTEMS.. It has a fault
  • Picture of Shail Jai
    Fri, Jul 19, 2013, 3:21 PM
    Refused to display ' in a frame because it set 'X-Frame-Options' to 'SAMEORIGIN'.
  • Picture of Nicolas Bretin
    Thu, Jul 25, 2013, 12:57 AM

    This is probably a Youtube restriction.

    You have 2 solutions:
    - Replace your URL in the embed field to
    - Use the Moodle Media filter to automatically replace the URL by the player. Just put your link in a link tag, Moodle will do the rest

  • Picture of Ahava Cohen
    Sun, Sep 29, 2013, 4:59 PM
    I love this plug in and have been recommending it to lecturers. Is there a way to add a link from the bottom of one tab to the top of the next? Our students are unused to tabbed displays in the CMS, and we'd liek to spoon-feed them the transition.
  • Quetzal
    Fri, Nov 29, 2013, 8:15 AM
    How I can do to display tabdisplay from an Ipad or Smartphone?
  • Picture of Nick Varney
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 8:03 PM

    This is used extensively across our installation and is a superb plugin. Any plans/eta for a 2.6 version?


  • Picture of David Henderson
    Fri, Feb 7, 2014, 1:56 AM
    How do I delete a tab I don't want?
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