TabRenderer.DrawTabItem Method (Graphics, Rectangle, String, Font, Boolean, TabItemState)


Draws a tab in the specified state and bounds, with the specified text, and with an optional focus rectangle.

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

public static void DrawTabItem(
	Graphics g,
	Rectangle bounds,
	string tabItemText,
	Font font,
	bool focused,
	TabItemState state


Type: System.Drawing.Graphics

The Graphics used to draw the tab.

Type: System.Drawing.Rectangle

The Rectangle that specifies the bounds of the tab.

Type: System.String

The String to draw in the tab.

Type: System.Drawing.Font

The Font to apply to tabItemText.

Type: System.Boolean

true to draw a focus rectangle; otherwise, false.

Type: System.Windows.Forms.VisualStyles.TabItemState

One of the TabItemState values that specifies the visual state of the tab.

Exception Condition

The operating system does not support visual styles.


Visual styles are disabled by the user in the operating system.


Visual styles are not applied to the client area of application windows.

Before calling this method, you should verify that the IsSupported property returns true.

The following code example uses the DrawTabItem(Graphics, Rectangle, String, Font, Boolean, TabItemState) method in a custom control's OnPaint method to draw a tab item. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the TabRenderer class.

// Draw the tab page and the tab items.
protected override void OnPaint(PaintEventArgs e)

    if (!TabRenderer.IsSupported)
        this.Parent.Text = "CustomTabControl Disabled";

    TabRenderer.DrawTabPage(e.Graphics, tabPageRectangle);
    TabRenderer.DrawTabItem(e.Graphics, tabItemRectangle1,
        tab1Text, this.Font, tab1Focused, tab1State);
    TabRenderer.DrawTabItem(e.Graphics, tabItemRectangle2,
        tab2Text, this.Font, tab2Focused, tab2State);

    this.Parent.Text = "CustomTabControl Enabled";

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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