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How to provide a keyboard shortcut to programmatically open the primitive tab drop down in TabControlAdv?

Platform: WinForms |
Control: TabControlAdv |
Published Date: April 30, 2011 |
Last Revised Date: July 10, 2014


In TabControlAdv, to provide a keyboard shortcut to programmatically open the primitive tab drop down, it is not possible with default drop down. As a work around, we can add ContextMenuStrip and show it when we click the drop down or when we press Ctrl+A.


private void tabControlAdv1_KeyDown(object sender, KeyEventArgs e)


if (e.KeyData == (Keys.Control | Keys.A))

this.contextMenuStrip1.Show(this.tabControlAdv1, new Point(this.tabControlAdv1.TabPrimitivesHost.Location.X, this.tabControlAdv1.TabPrimitivesHost.Location.Y+10));


private void contextMenuStrip1_Opening(object sender, CancelEventArgs e)




foreach (TabPageAdv tabpageAdv in this.tabControlAdv1.TabPages)






Private Sub tabControlAdv1_KeyDown(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As KeyEventArgs) Handles tabControlAdv1.KeyDown

If e.KeyData = (Keys.Control Or Keys.A) Then

Me.contextMenuStrip1.Show(Me.tabControlAdv1, New Point(Me.tabControlAdv1.TabPrimitivesHost.Location.X,


End If

End Sub

Private Sub contextMenuStrip1_Opening(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As CancelEventArgs) Handles contextMenuStrip1.Opening

If Me.contextMenuStrip1.Items IsNot Nothing Then


End If

For Each tabpageAdv As TabPageAdv In Me.tabControlAdv1.TabPages


Next tabpageAdv

End Sub



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