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SplitContainer.ProcessTabKey Method

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Selects the next available control and makes it the active control.

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

protected override bool ProcessTabKey (
	bool forward
protected boolean ProcessTabKey (
	boolean forward
protected override function ProcessTabKey (
	forward : boolean
) : boolean



true to cycle forward through the controls in the ContainerControl; otherwise, false.

Return Value

true if a control is selected; otherwise, false.

ProcessTabKey controls the tab focus order in the following manner:

  • From the first control outside the SplitContainer to the first control on Panel1.

  • All controls on Panel1.

  • The splitter (so that the user can use the arrow keys to move the splitter).

  • All controls on Panel2.

  • The second control outside the SplitContainer that is next in the tab order.

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0