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Put A Form Into A TabSheet

Posted on 1999-01-22
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I want to be able to put a form onto a tabsheet.  I am a Delphi programmer and know it can be done there, so I am figuring that VB can do it also.  I am working with VB6.  The big picture is I want to be able to pull in a form from a dll and put it inside of a tabcontrol...

Examples please :)
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by:tomook
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You will need to use a UserControl instead of a form. Forms are not embeddable.
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by:MichaelB3
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Well a form is nothing more than an object, correct?  You can not embed objects inside of objects?
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by:rmichels
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In VB a form is a top level windows object. You  can create them, but not embed them (except for MDI forms in a container).  Tomook is correct, you do a user control, which gives you the same effect, except a user control MUST live inside a container.
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by:MichaelB3
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Damm.  I knew I used Delphi for some reason :)  Just kidding, VB has some good points that Delphi is missing...

Anyway, thanks...
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by:ameba
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You can use SetParent to do what you want. You will need 2 forms

'Form1, add 1 PictureBox
Option Explicit
Private Declare Function SetParent Lib "user32" (ByVal hWndChild As Long, ByVal hWndNewParent As Long) As Long

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim x As Form2, ret As Long
    Set x = New Form2
    x.Show
    ret = SetParent(x.hWnd, Picture1.hWnd)
    x.Move 0, 0
End Sub

But it is better to create user controls, isn't it?
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ameba earned 250 total points
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If your OCX's title is 'PV', and your UserControl is 'PVTabSheet', in VB6 use this:
Private oControl As Control
    Set oControl = frm.Controls.Add("PV.PVTabSheet", "Sheet1")
    oControl.Move 0, sumy
    oControl.Visible = True

To remove control
    Set oControl = frm.Controls("Sheet1")
    frm.Controls.Remove oControl
    Set oControl = Nothing

By using this technique, I reduced memory requirements for my app dramatically.
Before I had 8 tabs with over 200 controls on my main form.
Now, I am dinamicaly loading/unloading 'pages' - my UserControls
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by:Mirkwood
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I have a control that allows you to make a composite control out of any form at run-time. It works in both VB5 & VB6.
I can give you the source code if you want.
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