Suggestions for form design when using a left Navigation Bar

I'm writing an application in VB.NET using the ComponentOne nav bar panel (looks like the left navigation in Outlook).

Having done many applications in the past in VB6 using the tab control, I'm after some suggestions on the best way of switching pages depending on what navigation has been selected using this new (and more flexible) style of control.

So, the user selects one of the navigation tabs in the left menu, and the whole of the rest of the form switches to whatever controls are needed.

Is the use of panels the only way (very messy switching between them for development), or is there a neater solution?

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enkorConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, it is messy, but it is the easiest way in smaller apps. To use Tabs, but i think that it is not good for your type of app (according to your description).
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