Windows guidelines are saying that you shouldn't disable tabs, since it doesn't explain why content is unavailable. They recommend hiding/disabling all content inside tab and explaining the reason there.
I have a form of a "Task" with several tabs. Form has 3 states: create, view and edit. Some content is not available until Task is created, so currently we just disable those tabs.
I want to change this behaviour to follow guideline recommendations, but what if it will be frustrating—clicking through tabs that are not needed to create a task? Maybe it is better to hide them altogether? But then "create" state will differ from others.
What is your method?
- Disable/Hide content and explain reason there?
- Hide tab altogether? (Inappropriate for settings!)
- Disable tab (and add tooltip or change tab name)? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯