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The WinForms TabControl provides a simple interface for displaying multiple tabs that arrange content in a compact and organized form in less space. It also provides different tab orientations, text alignment, options to hide or create new tabs, multiline tabs, editable headers, and complete customization options.

Tab Styles

Tab orientation

Provides an option to display tabs horizontally at the top or bottom and vertically at the left or right. Also provides options to rotate the header text on vertical orientation.

Multiple row TabControl

Multiline tabs

Arrange tabs in a single or multiple lines.


Provides different sets of tab styles to let users choose their own, such as Office Style, Visual Studio, Metro.

Tab selection using tab list from drop down

Tab selection

Select tabs through keyboard and mouse interaction. Also, the selected tab can be changed by selecting a tab from the drop-down tab list.

Reordering tabs

Reorder tabs by dragging the tab headers to specific positions with mouse interaction.

Reorder tabs in tabcontrol


Lay out a form in a left-to-right or right-to-left fashion to develop forms for worldwide audience.

RTL supported tabcontrol

Multiple-Document Interface (MDI) tabs

Builds Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child forms as tabbed documents as seen in Visual Studio. Tab control supports multiple tab groups with their own active tabs.

Tab groups

Arranges MDI child forms within horizontal or vertical resizable tab groups. Documents can be moved to the next or previous tab groups using the context menu.

TDI groups - Tabbed Document Interface

Reordering between tab groups

Move the tabs between different tab groups by dragging the tab header to a specific tab group with mouse interaction.

Reorder tabs between TDI groups

Context menu

Improves user experience by adding custom context menu entries.

Tab context menu


All static text in the context menu of TabbedMDIManager can be localized to any desired language.

Globalization and localization

WinForms TabControl Code Example

Easily get started with the WinForms TabControl using a few simple lines of C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our WinForms TabControl Example that shows you how to render and configure the WinForms TabControl.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools;
namespace WindowsFormsApplication1
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
            TabControlAdv tabControlAdv = new TabControlAdv();            
            TabPageAdv tabPageAdv1 = new TabPageAdv();
            tabPageAdv1.Text = "Tab1";
            TabPageAdv tabPageAdv2 = new TabPageAdv();
            tabPageAdv2.Text = "Tab2";
            TabPageAdv tabPageAdv3 = new TabPageAdv();
            tabPageAdv3.Text = "Tab3";
            tabControlAdv.Controls.AddRange(new Control[] { tabPageAdv1, tabPageAdv2, tabPageAdv3 });            


Frequently Asked Questions

The Syncfusion WinForms TabControl provides the following:

  • Stack tab items vertically and horizontally with a single line of code.
  • Inline tab header editing with state persistence support.
  • Multiline tab items arrangement.
  • Inbuilt support to change the tab appearance. .
  • Users can interactively add, hide, and delete tabs.
  • Supports reordering, multi line tabs, and header editing.
  • One of the best WinForms Tab controls in the market that offers a feature-rich UI.
  • Extensive demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with WinForms TabControl.

You can find our WinForms TabControl demo on

GitHub location.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue and five or fewer developers.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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