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The SPELL Tabs interface includes 3 sections:
- tabs for inline content (bound to Web Parts, similar to the Easy Tabs)
- tabs for links (navigate to other pages)
When I started sharing samples from the SPELL program, last year, the most frequent question I got was: “How can I remove the link to Path to SharePoint from the tabs?”. That’s right, one of the tabs was a link to this blog (cf. above screenshot), a friendly reminder that I brought the solution to your home.
Not so friendly as it turned out, as seeing that tab systematically in any tabbed interface was more than a user can bear. Lesson learned, when I released the gratis version 1.1 earlier this year, I made sure the Path to SharePoint link was removed.
To date, more than 200 companies have adopted or are evaluating v1.1, and I am not getting questions about links anymore… here’s what I get now: “I don’t need the Show All (+), Hide All (-) and Full Screen ([ ]) controls, how can I remove them?”.
Why these controls?
First, let me explain the main reason why I added these controls in the first place: printing. Users sometimes like or need paper or pdf copies of the zone content. In such cases, they usually need to make all the Web Parts visible, and sometimes hide the rest of the page. In some cases, I have implemented custom interfaces where the user can pick which Web Parts he/she wants to print. Such implementations are usually combined with stylesheets that include media types.
So think about it before deciding to remove the controls!
How to modify or remove the controls?
In the full version, you can manage the controls via the Tabs editor. In the gratis version however, you need to do it manually:
1. Follow the general instructions in the documentation. You’ll end up with a URL that looks like this:
2. Append the custom control settings
Instead of removing the controls, you can also change their look, for example: