content

The content() function returns the jQuery element holding the tab content.

<div id="tabs">
    <ul>
        <li>One</li>
        <li>Two</li>
    </ul>
    <div>Tab Pane 1</div> 
    <div id="id2">Tab Pane 2</div>
</div>

<script type="text/javascript">
    $(function () {
        $("#tabs").shieldTabs();

        // the below will return the element with id="id2"
        $("#tabs").swidget().content(1);
    });
</script>