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)

property TabAppearance Appearance {
	TabAppearance get();
	void set(TabAppearance value);

Property Value

Type: System.Windows.Forms::TabAppearance

One of the TabAppearance values. The default is Normal.

Exception Condition

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.


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 namespace System;
using namespace System::Windows::Forms;
public ref class Form1: public Form
      array<String^>^tabText = {"tabPage1","tabPage2"};
      TabControl^ tabControl1 = gcnew TabControl;
      TabPage^ tabPage1 = gcnew TabPage( tabText[ 0 ] );
      TabPage^ tabPage2 = gcnew TabPage( tabText[ 1 ] );

      // Sets the tabs to appear as buttons.
      tabControl1->Appearance = TabAppearance::Buttons;
      array<TabPage^>^tabPageArray = {tabPage1,tabPage2};
      tabControl1->Controls->AddRange( tabPageArray );
      Controls->Add( tabControl1 );


int main()
   Application::Run( gcnew Form1 );

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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