TabControl.Padding Property


Gets or sets the amount of space around each item on the control's tab pages.

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

public Point Padding { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Point

A Point that specifies the amount of space around each item. The default is (6,3).

Exception Condition

The width or height of the Point is less than 0.

The following code example creates a TabControl with two TabPage objects. The Padding property is used to create a cushion of 22 pixels around the tab TextmyTabPage1 and myTabPage2.

Use the System.Drawing and System.Windows.Forms namespaces for this example.

using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
    private TabControl tabControl1;
    private TabPage tabPage1;
    private TabPage tabPage2;

    private void MyTabs()
        this.tabControl1 = new TabControl();
        this.tabPage1 = new TabPage();
        this.tabPage2 = new TabPage();

        this.tabControl1.Multiline = true;
        this.tabControl1.Controls.AddRange(new Control[] {
        this.tabControl1.Location = new Point(35, 25);
        this.tabControl1.Size = new Size(220, 220);

        // Creates a cushion of 22 pixels around TabPage.Text strings.
        this.tabControl1.Padding = new System.Drawing.Point(22, 22);
        this.tabPage1.Text = "myTabPage1";
        this.tabPage2.Text = "myTabPage2";

        this.Size = new Size(300, 300);
        this.Controls.AddRange(new Control[] {

    public Form1()

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

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
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