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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());
    }
}

.NET Framework

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

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1
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