[Tkinter-discuss] Changing the label of a tix.NoteBook tab

Luke Maurits luke at maurits.id.au
Sat Apr 25 14:59:31 CEST 2009

Greetings all,

I have a question about changing the label of a tab in a tix.NoteBook widget.  Suppose I create a NoteBook and insert a tab (or "page", to use the proper Tk terminology) like this:

nb = tix.NoteBook(master)
page = nb.add("a_tab",label="Foo")

and later I decide that I want to change the tab label from "Foo" to "Bar".  How do I go about this?  If I try:


I receive the following complaint:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/usr/lib/python3.0/tkinter/__init__.py", line 1193, in configure
    return self._configure('configure', cnf, kw)
  File "/usr/lib/python3.0/tkinter/__init__.py", line 1184, in _configure
    self.tk.call(_flatten((self._w, cmd)) + self._options(cnf))
_tkinter.TclError: unknown option "-label"

I haven't been able to find any examples of the correct way to change a tab label *anywhere* on the web.

After reading the class definition for NoteBook in /usr/lib/python3.0/tkinter/tix.py, making a guess about the meaning of the tk.call method, and looking at this webpage:


I took a stab in the dark and tried the following bit of code:


and, lo, it worked!  The problem is that I have only the fuzziest understanding of *why* it worked and I'm pretty sure that this isn't the way I'm supposed to do it.

Have I missed something stupid?  The fact that the "pageconfigure" functionality provided by Tk is not exposed through a nice and friendly method on the NoteBook class suggests to me that either somebody just plain forgot to do it (unlikely) or (more likely) it was deemed unecessary because there is some other way to go about it, similar to my page.config attempt but a little different.

Any information the list can provide me on this would be appreciated.  If it helps, my Tk version is 8.5.6, my Python version is 3.0.1, and my Linux kernel version is 2.6.26.


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