Tip: How to Expand / Unexpand NetSuite Tabs when No Icon is Present

This article is relevant if you can’t seem to find the icon in your NetSuite user interface for expanding or collapsing tabs.


NetSuite’s user interface uses a tabbed navigation metaphor to organize information in the lower half of the screen (although in my mind, since the update to the user interface in 2014.2 with a flat design, it’s not so easy to tell those elements are tabs).  In many cases,  NetSuite will present an indicator (“unrolled view”) on the upper right-hand corner that allows you to click to expand or contract the tabbed interface. But there are times that icon is missing.  What do you do?

URL Unlayered Parameter

The good news is the fix is easily within reach.  Modify the URL of the page you are on by adding the following parameter to get the desired presentation:

  1. Tab Contract: &unlayered=F
  2. Tab Expand: &unlayered=T

For example, if your URL is


add the parameter to the end of the URL so it becomes:


Get Good NetSuite Help

After being in the NetSuite community for 10 + years, you discover a few things.  But I always share with my staff and clients, “always be learning and check assumptions when working with NetSuite”.   Perhaps you would like to work with a strong set of NetSuite professionals committed to expertise and care?  If so, let’s have a conversation.

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Marty Zigman

Holding all three official certifications, Marty is Southern California's NetSuite expert and leads a team of senior professionals at Prolecto Resources, Inc. He is a former Deloitte & Touche CPA and has held CTO roles. For over 25 years, Marty has produced leadership in ERP, CRM and eCommerce business systems. Contact Marty to set up a conversation.

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