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You can dynamically remove and inseret TabPages into the TabControl.TabPages collection to hide and show tabs at runtime.

        TabPage tabPageSave = null;
        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            //hide a tab by removing it from the TabPages collection
            this.tabPageSave = tabControl1.SelectedTab;
            this.tabControl1.TabPages.Remove(this.tabPageSave);
        }

        private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
        {
            //show a tab by adding it to the TabPages collection
            if (this.tabPageSave != null)
            {
                int loc = tabControl1.SelectedIndex;
                this.tabControl1.TabPages.Insert(loc, this.tabPageSave);
            }
        }
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To delete a tabpage, you use the tabControl1.Controls.Remove method. To add a new page as the last tab, use the tabControl1.Controls.Add method. Here is some sample code.

	//remove the selected tab
	tabControl1.Controls.Remove(tabControl1.SelectedTab);

	//add a new tabpage as the last tab
	tabControl1.Controls.Add(new TabPage('new Page'));

There does not appear to be support in the framework for inserting a tab at a particular position. A work around might be to save the current tabpage controls, clear the Controls collection, and then add the saved controls back to the Controls collection inserting a new tab. Here is some code that does this.

	private void InsertTab(int tabNumber, ref TabControl tabControl)
	{
		int limit = tabControl.Controls.Count;
		if(tabNumber < 0 || tabNumber > limit)
		{
			tabControl.Controls.Add(new TabPage('new Page'));
			return;
		}
		
		int target = tabControl.SelectedIndex;
			
		//save the existing pages & clear the controls
		Control [] c = new Control[limit];
		tabControl.Controls.CopyTo(c, 0);
		tabControl.Controls.Clear();

		//add the earlier pages
		for (int i = 0; i < target; ++i)
			tabControl.Controls.Add(c[i]);
		//insert the page
		tabControl.Controls.Add(new TabPage('new Page'));
			
		//add the later pages
		for (int i = target; i < limit; ++i)
			tabControl.Controls.Add(c[i]);

		//select the new page
		tabControl.SelectedIndex = target;
	}
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The following code snippet shows how you can drag a TabPage from TabControl1 and drop it into TabControl2 (whose AllowDrop property must be set to True):


[C#]
Source TabControl
private void tabControl1_MouseMove(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.MouseEventArgs e)
{
 if (e.Button == MouseButtons.Left)
 {
   this.tabControl1.DoDragDrop(this.tabControl1.SelectedTab,DragDropEffects.All);
 }
}

//Target TabControl
private void tabControl2_DragEnter(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.DragEventArgs e)
{
 if(e.Data.GetDataPresent(typeof(TabPage)))

 {
	e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move;
 }
   else
	e.Effect = DragDropEffects.None;
}

private void tabControl2_DragDrop(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.DragEventArgs e)
{
 TabPage DropTab = (TabPage)(e.Data.GetData (typeof(TabPage)));
 this.tabControl2.TabPages.Add (DropTab);
}

[VB.NET]

’Source TabControl
Private  Sub tabControl1_MouseMove(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.MouseEventArgs)
 If e.Button = MouseButtons.Left Then
   Me.tabControl1.DoDragDrop(Me.tabControl1.SelectedTab,DragDropEffects.All)
 End If
End Sub
 
’Target TabControl
Private  Sub tabControl2_DragEnter(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.DragEventArgs)
 If e.Data.GetDataPresent(Type.GetType(TabPage)) Then
	e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Move
 Else 
	e.Effect = DragDropEffects.None
 End If
End Sub
 
Private  Sub tabControl2_DragDrop(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.DragEventArgs)
 Dim DropTab As TabPage = CType((e.Data.GetData(Type.GetType(TabPage))), TabPage)
 Me.tabControl2.TabPages.Add (DropTab)
End Sub
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There are a couple of ways you could do select a tab page programmatically:

[C#]
//Select the second Tab Page
this.tabControl.SelectedTab = this.tabPage2
or
//Select Second Tab
this.tabControl.SelectedIndex= 1;
[VB.NET]
’Select the second Tab Page
Me.tabControl.SelectedTab = Me.tabPage2
or
’Select Second Tab
Me.tabControl.SelectedIndex= 1
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You can use the TabPage’s Validating event to prevent a new tab page selection. Here are the steps:

1) Every time the user selects a new tab, make sure that the corresponding tab page gets the focus. You can do so as follows:


// In C#
private void tabControl1_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, 
System.EventArgs e)
{
	tabControl1.TabPages[tabControl1.SelectedIndex].Focus();
	tabControl1.TabPages[tabControl1.SelectedIndex].CausesValidation = true;
}

’VB.Net
Private  Property sender,() As tabControl1_SelectedIndexChanged(object
End Property
Private Function e)() As System.EventArgs
	tabControl1.TabPages(tabControl1.SelectedIndex).Focus()
	tabControl1.TabPages(tabControl1.SelectedIndex).CausesValidation = True
End Function

Note that CausesValidation should be set to True since you will be listening to the Validating event in the next step.
You will also have to add some code like above when the TabControl is shown the very first time (like in the Form_Load event handler).

2) Listen to the TabPage’s Validating event (which will be called when the user clicks on a different tab page) and determine whether the user should be allowed to change the selected tab page.


// In C#
private void tabPage1_Validating(object sender, 
System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs e)
{
	if(!checkValidated.Checked)
		e.Cancel = true;
}

’ In VB.Net
Private  Sub tabPage1_Validating(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs)
	If Not checkValidated.Checked Then
		e.Cancel = True
	End If
End Sub
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