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C# - Using the Same Window

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I'm working on a small C# application.  I've been writing code in C and Java for several years now, but this is my first experience with C# and Windows Forms, so please excuse me if the question has a simple answer.  I'm sure it's in the MSDN library, but I don't have a copy installed and wasn't able to find what I was looking for online.

I have a form that has several different buttons.  When the button is clicked, I want what's on the form to change.  I basically am going to have a whole new set of options and form fields, so all the existing fields need to disappear.  I know I could do this by just opening a new window, but I want everything to take place within the same form the user is looking at.  Thanks in advance for any help.  
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Well you could use a tabcontrol and just switch between tabs when buttons are clicked.  Otherwise you have to do object.visible = false; for all of your objects...
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Is it possible to hide the tabs in a tab control so that the user doesn't see them and therefore doesn't know what's really happening?  Are there any good docs that you can recommend on the control?
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by:cookre
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You know, closing one form and bringing up another would be so much easier, and probably faster than re-doing all the controls.  Not to far mention easier to maintain.
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Create two panels and put the two different sets of controls on them. On startup show one of the panels. When the button is clicked, change the panels: make the first one invisible and the second one visible.
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Forgot to mention: put the controls that have to be visible at start up on the first panel, those that have to be shown afterwards on the second. Thus you have to hide/show only one control (the panel) instead of all controls.
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You can use the groupBox component in which you can drag drop components you want. Thus by creating such broupBoxes, you can actually make frames which you can show/hide by the functions BringtoFront()/SendtoBack. A proper usage will give best results and you wont need to open a new form which is not as efficient as this method is; also these will be hidden from the user.
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Group boxes have borders, which is probably not wanted, so panels are better. The rest is the same as my solution
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TheAvenger,

Thanks for the tip!  It worked perfectly.
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