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Why do I need to use XP Tabs instead of the .NET TabControl?


Right out of the box, the XP Tabs provide you the following improvements over the Windows Forms TabControl.

  • Latest 2D style and Workbook style for tabs.
  • Relative Image Alignment, such as left of text, below text, etc.
  • Custom background colors and fonts for active, inactive, and individual tabs.
  • Custom tab gaps and tab padding.
  • Rotate text when aligned to the left or right.
  • Partial owner draw lets you draw certain portions of the tab and delegate the rest to the default drawing logic.
  • User moveable tabs.
  • Different scroll button styles like 3D, 2D, and VS.NET style.

The highly scalable architecture, however, lets you do a lot more:

  • Easily create custom Tab Styles by deriving from few classes and implementing a few interfaces. Our samples come with a lot of custom Tab Style implementations for your reference.
  • Also lets you plug in your custom Tab Style implementations into the XP Tabs designer.
  • Adjust the border colors for a custom look and feel.
Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
1183 04/30/2011 07/10/2014 WinForms TabControlAdv
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