Ability to set a "default" active tab in a tabs element

Currently, the active tab can be set by clicking it in the settings panel when the tabs element is selected. However, when designing, I will often select other tabs to design within them and then publish the site live. This results in the non-primary tab being set as the active tab which is a mistake.

It would be nice to have a way to select the default "active" tab so that this would be open automatically regardless of which tab was last active before the designer published the site.

  • Diarmuid Sexton
  • Jan 8 2018
  • Alex Bass commented
    23 Jul, 2023 03:39pm

    This! The sheer number of times I've left the wrong tab selected simply after making some tweaks is absurd. This really needs to just be a default setting, why the designer last state is instead what causes it is just frustrating.

  • Meirion Williams commented
    10 Aug, 2020 04:18pm

    I am new to webflow and I could not work out why my default tabs kept changing. Until I realised that just selecting a tab to view or update it in the editor makes it the new default tab. This is insane.

    Come on Webflow this can't be a difficult fix. The current implementation is very confusing.

  • Emily Burnett commented
    4 Aug, 2020 08:23pm

    Is this getting any attention? I've unintentionally had my "active" tab set to the one I was last working in more times than I can count on a featured part of our website.

  • Sue Lynn commented
    28 May, 2020 07:51pm

    There is no way to set initial active Tab when the website is open. Very frustrating

  • Vincent Bidaux commented
    5 Sep, 2018 08:56am

    in the meantime, user Diarmuid Sexton made scripts to ease the pain, check them here: 


  • Justin Maxwell commented
    24 Aug, 2018 08:28pm

    I just mailed them about this too! It's very frustrating when you edit a tab, close the editor, and then find you've completely screwed up your live site

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