How can I reference a tabcontrol tabpage by name?

Is there anyway to reference a tabPage by name.  I am trying to pass a tabPage created at runtime into a function, but I can't figure out how to reference the tab by name.

Let's say I have two tabs on my tab control with the .name property of "Apples", "Oranges", "Bananas".

After adding the tabpages to my form

myTabControl.TabPages[0] = Apples
myTabControl.TabPages[1] = Oranges
myTabControl.TabPages[2] = Bananas

I am wondering if there is anyway I can refer to a tab w/o having to use its index of the TabControl (BTW, I don't even know how to get what index position a tab page has in the tab control)

Is there any getElementByName equivalent that I could use?

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jrramAsked:
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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi jrram;

You can create an array to hold the references to the tab pages. I used a hash table to do this for me. When I need a tab page reference I look it up and use the reference returned. Below is a short example to show you how I did it.

Code in form 1

// Holds the array of tab pages for later reference
private Hashtable htTabPages = new Hashtable();
private Form2 f2 = null;

private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
      // Containes the function that will select a tab page
      // and make it current on form 1
      f2 = new Form2();
}

private void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
      // Create an Apple TabPage
      TabPage Apple = new TabPage("Apple");
      Apple.Parent = tabControl1;
      Apple.Name = "Apple";
      Apple.Show();
      // Add the tab page to a hash table for later reference
      htTabPages.Add("Apple", Apple);

      TabPage Oranges = new TabPage("Oranges");
      Oranges.Parent = tabControl1;
      Oranges.Name = "Oranges";
      Oranges.Show();
      htTabPages.Add("Oranges", Oranges);

      TabPage Bananas = new TabPage("Bananas");
      Bananas.Parent = tabControl1;
      Bananas.Name = "Bananas";
      Bananas.Show();
      htTabPages.Add("Bananas", Bananas);
                  
}

private void button2_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
      // Calls the function in form 2 that will select the current tab page
      // on form 1.
      label1.Text = "Current Tab Page is ";
      label1.Text += f2.NameThatTabPage(htTabPages);
}

Code from Form2

public string NameThatTabPage(Hashtable ht)
{
      // This function was called from form 1.
      // It will get the reference to the Oranges
      // tab page and set it as current page and returns the
      // name of the control.
      TabPage tp = (TabPage) ht["Oranges"];
      TabControl tc = (TabControl) tp.Parent;
      tc.SelectedTab = tp;
      return tp.Name.ToString();
}

I hope this was of some help
Jesse HouwingScrum Trainer | Microsoft MVP | ALM Ranger | ConsultantCommented:
Another options i to write a small helper function:

public TabPage GetTabPageByName(TabControl tc, string tabName)
{
    foreach (TabPage tp in tc.Pages)
    {
        if (tp.Name == tabName)
        {
            return tp;
        }
    }
    return null;
}

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