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TabControl.DrawMode Property

Gets or sets the way that the control's tabs are drawn.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public TabDrawMode DrawMode { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms.TabDrawMode
One of the TabDrawMode values. The default is Normal.

ExceptionCondition
InvalidEnumArgumentException

The property value is not a valid TabDrawMode value.

When you set the DrawMode property to OwnerDrawFixed, the TabControl raises the DrawItem event whenever it needs to paint one of its tabs. To customize the appearance of the tabs, provide your own painting code in a handler for the DrawItem event.

The TabControl does not support variable tab sizes with owner drawing.

The following code example creates a TabControl with one TabPage. This example sets the DrawMode property to OwnerDrawFixed, which specifies that the tabs are drawn by the parent object Form1. The value OwnerDrawFixed also enables access to the DrawItem event, which, in this example, is used to draw myTabRect on the tabPage1 tab.

Use the System.Drawing and System.Windows.Forms namespaces with this example.

using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
{
    private TabControl tabControl1;
    private Rectangle myTabRect;

    public Form1()
    {
        tabControl1 = new TabControl();
        TabPage tabPage1 = new TabPage();

        // Sets the tabs to be drawn by the parent window Form1. 
        // OwnerDrawFixed allows access to DrawItem. 
        tabControl1.DrawMode = TabDrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed;

        tabControl1.Controls.Add(tabPage1);
        tabControl1.Location = new Point(25, 25);
        tabControl1.Size = new Size(250, 250);

        tabPage1.TabIndex = 0;

        myTabRect = tabControl1.GetTabRect(0);

        ClientSize = new Size(300, 300);
        Controls.Add(tabControl1);

        tabControl1.DrawItem += new DrawItemEventHandler(OnDrawItem);
    }

    private void OnDrawItem(object sender, DrawItemEventArgs e)
    {
        Graphics g = e.Graphics;
        Pen p = new Pen(Color.Blue);
        g.DrawRectangle(p, myTabRect);
    }

    static void Main() 
    {
        Application.Run(new Form1());
    }
}

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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