Gets or sets the way that the control's tabs are drawn.
Assembly: System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)
When you set the 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 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.
Imports System.Drawing Imports System.Windows.Forms Public Class Form1 Inherits Form Private tabControl1 As TabControl Private myTabRect As Rectangle Public Sub New() tabControl1 = New TabControl() Dim tabPage1 As 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) AddHandler tabControl1.DrawItem, AddressOf OnDrawItem End Sub Private Sub OnDrawItem(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As DrawItemEventArgs) Dim g As Graphics = e.Graphics Dim p As New Pen(Color.Blue) g.DrawRectangle(p, myTabRect) End Sub Shared Sub Main() Application.Run(New Form1()) End Sub End Class