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Form inside TabControl (not the other way round)

Posted on 2007-04-03
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I have a TabControl inside a Form. In the TabControl, I want to show another Form at runtime. How can I do this ?
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Question by:rajesh_khater
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by:K V
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use user controls
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by:K V
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form EE:

You can convert your form to a user control.  That allows you to layout all of the controls in the same way as a form, but without the non-client border, caption, and buttons.

Do you need the non-client stuff as well or are you just trying to encapsulate all of the controls that would go on a form or a tab page?  If you're doing it for encapsulation, create the user control and place one in the tab page, and you can place another on an empty form.  If you actually want the non-client area within a tab page, you might be able to paint and manage that yourself, but it would be alot of coding (painting, mouse/keyboard handling, drag drop, etc) to do it.
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Fernando Soto earned 1200 total points
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Hi  rajesh_khater;

In answer to your question, this is how to add a form control NewForm to a tab page of a tab control.

        Dim newFrm As New NewForm
        newFrm.TopLevel = False
        newFrm.Parent = TabPage1
        newFrm.WindowState = FormWindowState.Maximized
        newFrm.Show()

Fernando
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by:Jeff Certain
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Rajesh,

Check your other question on this topic -- user controls have already been recommended, along with the same limitations pointed out by theGhost.
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by:Mike Tomlinson
Mike Tomlinson earned 800 total points
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You can make the forms borderless and set their Dock property to Fille when you place them into the TabControl to make them "seamless"...

*** Very similar code to Fernando's post above ***

Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Dim fa As New FormA
        ' initialize "fa" if needed...
        AddFormToTabControl(TabControl1, fa)
    End Sub

    Private Sub AddFormToTabControl(ByVal tb As TabControl, ByVal frm As Form)
        Dim tp As New TabPage
        tp.Text = "Tab" & tb.TabPages.Count + 1

        frm.TopLevel = False
        frm.FormBorderStyle = Windows.Forms.FormBorderStyle.None
        frm.Dock = DockStyle.Fill
        tp.Controls.Add(frm)
        frm.Show()

        tb.TabPages.Add(tp)
    End Sub

End Class
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