If you use notepad++ or eclipse or netbean to code java, you will see they have multiple tab. This article will help you do it via learn JTabbedPane.

JTabbedPane in Java

Let see the code below to make a simple demo same as the photo. In the code, I have clearly explained. In this code, I will say a bit more about JTabbPane.

package nguyenvanquan7826.JTabbedPane;
import java.awt.Color;
import java.awt.GridLayout;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JLabel;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JScrollPane;
import javax.swing.JTabbedPane;
import javax.swing.JTextArea;
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public class DemoJTabbedPane extends JFrame {
    public DemoJTabbedPane() {
     * set display for JFrame
    private void setDisplay() {
     * add JTabbedPane into JFrame
    private void createGUI() {
     * create a JTabbedPane contain three tab
    private JTabbedPane createTabbedPane() {
        JTabbedPane tabbedPane = new JTabbedPane();
        /* create three JPanel, which is content of tabs */
        JPanel panel1 = createPane1();
        JPanel panel2 = createJPanel("content of panel 2");
        JPanel panel3 = createJPanel("content of panel 3");
        /* add three tab with three JPanel */
        tabbedPane.addTab("Tab 1", null, panel1, "click to show panel 1");
        tabbedPane.addTab("Tab 2", null, panel2, "click to show panel 2");
        tabbedPane.addTab("Tab 3", null, panel3, "click to show panel 3");
        return tabbedPane;
     * create JPanel 1 contain a JTextArea
    private JPanel createPane1() {
        JPanel panel = new JPanel();
        panel.add(new JScrollPane(createTextArea(10, 40)));
        return panel;
     * create a JPanel contain a JLabel
    private JPanel createJPanel(String text) {
        JPanel panel = new JPanel(new GridLayout(1, 1));
        JLabel lb = new JLabel(text);
        return panel;
     * create a JTextArea with rows and columns, two method setWrapStyleWord and
     * setLineWrap make text can down line when text too long
    private JTextArea createTextArea(int row, int col) {
        JTextArea ta = new JTextArea(row, col);
        return ta;
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        new DemoJTabbedPane();

Almost method of JLabel, JPanel, JTextArea,… I have mentioned in previous articles. You need to pay attention constructor method. We have some method:

JTabbedPane(): Create an empty JTabbenPane with a default tab placement of TOP.
JTabbedPane(int tabPlacement): Create an empty JTabbenPane with the specified tab placement: JTabbedPane.TOP if tab on top,JTabbedPane.BOTTOM if tab on bottom, JTabbedPane.LEFT if tab on left, JTabbedPane.RIGHT if tab on right.
JTabbedPane(int tabPlacement, int tabLayoutPolicy): Creates an empty TabbedPane with the specified tab placement and tab layout policy.

When created JTabbenPane, we add components to create tabs. Each Tab contain a JPanel have certain content. Method addTab has arguments is: name tab, icon tab, component of tab and tool tip text.

Read more: class JTabbedPane, use JTabbedPane, Java swing
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