How do I add tabs to the dashboardHeader?

I'm trying to create two tab options in the dashboardHeader that aren't a dropdown menu. When the app opens it will open on the first tab but then give the user the option to swap to the other tab and a new page comes up. Can't see anything online and have tried a few things but keeps saying I need a dropdown.
UI:

dashboardHeader(title = "Human Trafficking", tabPanel(tabName = "victim", "Victim"),
                        tabPanel(tabName = "trafficker"))

dashboardBody(

    useShinyjs(),
    tags$div(id = "VictimTab",
             tags$h1("VictimTab")
    ),
    tags$div(id = "TraffickerTab",
             tags$h1("Trafficker")
    )

Server:

server <- function(input, output, session) {

  observeEvent(input$HumanTrafficking, {
    if(input$HumanTrafficking == "Victim"){
      showElement("VictimTab")
      hideElement("TraffickerTab")
    } else {
      hideElement("VictimTab")
      showElement("TraffickerTab")
    }
  })

Hi @fitzer23!

Out of the box, shinydashboard isn't designed to use the header for tabs. The header area can only contain dropdown menus, while the sidebar entries function as the primary tabs. Further tabs within the main body area can be achieved via tabbed boxes. shinydashboard is built around the AdminLTE Bootstrap Template, which is where these constraints are coming from. It might help to take a look at the documentation on shinydashboard Structure, which has lots of examples.

Many dashboard-style Shiny apps you may have seen are using shiny::navbarPage() (often with a Bootstrap theme and/or custom CSS) to create the header tabs rather than shinydashboard::dashboardHeader().

Some examples of sidebar tabs, tab boxes, and navbar tabs applied to your case:

Sidebar tabs

library(shiny)
library(shinydashboard)

sidebar <- dashboardSidebar(
    sidebarMenu(
        menuItem("Victim", tabName = "victim"),
        menuItem("Trafficker", tabName = "trafficker")
    )
)

body <- dashboardBody(
    tabItems(
        tabItem(tabName = "victim",
                h2("Victim tab")
        ),
        
        tabItem(tabName = "trafficker",
                h2("Trafficker tab")
        )
    )
)

shinyApp(
    ui = dashboardPage(
        dashboardHeader(title = "Human Trafficking"),
        sidebar,
        body
    ),
    server = function(input, output) { }
)

Tabbed box

library(shiny)
library(shinydashboard)

body <- dashboardBody(
    fluidRow(
        tabBox(
            title = NULL, width = 12,
            # The id lets us use input$tabset1 on the server to find the current tab
            id = "tabset1", height = "250px",
            tabPanel("Victim", "Victim tab"),
            tabPanel("Trafficker", "Trafficker tab")
        )
    ),
    fluidRow(infoBoxOutput("tabset1Selected"))
)

shinyApp(
    ui = dashboardPage(
        dashboardHeader(title = "Human Trafficking"),
        dashboardSidebar(disable = TRUE),
        body
    ),
    server = function(input, output) {
        # The currently selected tab from the tab box
        output$tabset1Selected <- renderInfoBox({
            infoBox("Selected Tab", input$tabset1, icon = icon("info-circle"))
        })
    }
)

Navbar tabs

library(shiny)
library(shinythemes)
library(shinydashboard)

shinyApp(
    ui = navbarPage("Human Trafficking", theme = shinytheme("flatly"),
           tabPanel("Victim",
                    sidebarLayout(
                        sidebarPanel(
                            h3("This tab has a sidebar")
                        ),
                        mainPanel(
                            h2("Victim tab")
                        )
                    )
           ),
           tabPanel("Trafficker",
                    h2("Trafficker tab")
            )
        ),
    server = function(input, output) { }
)

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