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The WPF Tab Control provides an efficient interface for displaying multiple tabs and helps arrange content in a compact and organized form in less space. It provides powerful data-binding support for tab headers and content. It also provides different tab orientations, text alignment, options to hide or create new tabs, editable headers, and complete customization options.

Data binding

WPF TabControl provides powerful data binding to display tab headers and content. It allows you to design the application in an MVVM pattern such as binding selected items.

WPF TabControl binding tab content and header


Position the tabs horizontally at the top or bottom and vertically at the left or right. Rotate the header text in a vertical TabControl.

WPF TabControl displaying data in horizontal or vertical arranged tabs

Closable tabs

Close tabs interactively in the UI. Display a close button for each tab like Visual Studio document tabs and also a common close button.

WPF TabControl with individual close buttons for tabs

Pinnable tabs

Supports pinning favorite tabs for quick access and allows users to interactively pin and unpin the tabs.

WPF TabControl pin and unpin the tabs


Select tabs quickly through keyboard and mouse interaction. Display all the tabs in the drop-down, like in Visual Studio, for switching among the tabs quickly when the tabs overflow the available space.

WPF TabControl displays a list of tabs in the drop-down for quick selection

Scrollable tabs

Bring the overflow tabs into view through scroll options in the UI and swipe in a touch environment. Also scroll to the next, previous, first, and last tabs.

WPF TabControl with scrollable tabs


Customize the style of each individual part of the WPF TabControl, such as its header style. Provides a rich set of built-in themes inspired by popular interfaces such as Visual Studio, Microsoft Office, and Expression Blend.

Visual Studio-inspired style for WPF TabControl


Reorder tabs by dragging and dropping headers.

Reordering tabs in WPF TabControl

Editable header

Edit tab headers interactively in the UI by pressing the F2 function key or double-clicking on a tab header.

Editing tab header text in WPF TabControl

Multiple rows

WPF TabControl allows to arrange tab items in single or multiple rows.

WPF TabControl display tabs in multiple rows

Context menu

Built-in context menu options allow you to close the current tab, close other tabs except selected, and close all the tabs, similarly to the context menu options in Visual Studio.

Context menu documentation

WPF TabControl with context menu for closing tabs

Add tab

Add new tabs dynamically like adding new sheets in Microsoft Excel. Allows users to arrange new button in the UI at first or last position.

Add new tabs dynamically in WPF TabControl

Add Image to Tab Item

You can add images to the tab item headers.

WPF tab item image support


The WPF TabControl supports localization to translate the static text in the context menu to any desired language.

WPF TabControl localization


WPF TabControl’s right-to-left support helps you develop applications for worldwide audiences.

WPF TabControl displaying tabs right-to-left

WPF TabControl Code Example

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

<syncfusion:TabControlExt Name="tabControlExt"> 
    <syncfusion:TabItemExt Header="tabItem1"> 
        <TextBlock Name="textBlock" Text="This is the first tab item." /> 
    <syncfusion:TabItemExt Header="tabItem2"> 
        <TextBlock Name="textBlock1" Text="This is the second tab item." /> 
    <syncfusion:TabItemExt Header="tabItem3"> 
        <TextBlock Name="textBlock2" Text="This is the third tab item." /> 
public partial class MainWindow : Window 
    public MainWindow() 
        // Creating an instances of tabitems and adding header & content 
        TabItemExt tabItemExt1 = new TabItemExt() 
            Header = "tabItem1", 
            Content = new TextBlock() { Text = "This is the first tab item" } 
        TabItemExt tabItemExt2 = new TabItemExt() 
            Header = "tabItem2", 
            Content = new TextBlock() { Text = "This is the second tab item" } 
        TabItemExt tabItemExt3 = new TabItemExt() 
            Header = "tabItem3", 
            Content = new TextBlock() { Text = "This is the third tab item" } 
        // Creating an instances of TabControl and adding the tabitems into the TabControl 
        TabControlExt tabControlExt = new TabControlExt(); 
        this.Content = tabControlExt; 


Frequently Asked Questions

Syncfusion WPF TabControl provides the following:

  • Vertical and horizontal stacking of tab items with a single line of code.
  • Inline tab header editing with state persistence support.
  • Multiline tab items arrangement.
  • Disposing of items while changing tabs can be restricted.
  • Inbuilt support to add new tabs dynamically with event support.
  • Full MVVM support.
  • Pinning and unpinning of tab items.
  • Smooth dragging and dropping with re-arrange support.
  • A bunch of features with customization options suitable for building complex, large-scale applications.
  • Rich UI interaction and keyboard navigation.
  • Has a simple configuration and APIs.
  • Is touch-friendly and responsive.
  • Learn quickly and get started with WPF TabControl using its extensive demos and documentation.

You can find our WPF TabControl demo on

GitHub location.

App center location.

Microsoft 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, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

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

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