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TabControl.Appearance Property

Gets or sets the visual appearance of the control's tabs.

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

public TabAppearance Appearance { get; set; }

Property Value

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

ExceptionCondition
InvalidEnumArgumentException

The property value is not a valid TabAppearance value.

When you set the Appearance property to FlatButtons, it only appears as such when the Alignment property is set to Top. Otherwise, the Appearance property appears as if set to the Buttons value.

NoteNote:

When you set the Appearance property to Buttons, you must also set the Alignment property to Top so that the tab page contents display correctly.

The following code example creates a TabControl with two TabPage objects. This example sets the Appearance property to Buttons, which displays the tabs of the tab pages as buttons.

Use the System.Windows.Forms namespace for this example.

using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
{
    public Form1()
    {
        string[] tabText = {"tabPage1", "tabPage2"};
        TabControl tabControl1 = new TabControl();
        TabPage tabPage1 = new TabPage(tabText[0]);
        TabPage tabPage2 = new TabPage(tabText[1]);

        // Sets the tabs to appear as buttons.
        tabControl1.Appearance = TabAppearance.Buttons;

        tabControl1.Controls.AddRange(new TabPage[] {tabPage1, tabPage2});
        Controls.Add(tabControl1);
    }

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

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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