Navigating without Tabbers

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    Navigating without Tabbers

    hi!
    you can navigate a program by using tabbers. but when i don't want tabbers, but my own controls, how do i do this?
    do i have to use a panel for each "tab" and hide/show it when toggling?
    any ideas would be appreciated.
    thanx

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    This is probably the best approach. Recently I had to do something like this where I wanted a tabbing system in a toolbar. Placing each "screen's" controls in a panel works great, although you can use any of the other control containers as well.

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    yes sure, but how do i switch these panels within the form editor? how do i position them?

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    I found it was easiest to make each of the panels content a user control for designer support.

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    you mean like a custom control that works like a tabber, with invisible tabs and it can be accessed by code?
    are there any controls for that?

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    I inherit a ToolStrip as the basis of my custom TabControl, and then as already mentioned in this thread, use a UserControl as the TabPage. Then it's just a case of adding a few helpers into the custom tab control such as Pages.Add, Pages.Remove, and so on.

    I try to avoid using the regular TabControl as it seems to flicker way too much, it lacks any decent paint override events, there's no double-buffering property to help reduce flicker... it's just generally speaking very nasty.

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    I just used a toolbar as the basis for showing the tabs since they offer some cool built in rollovers and visual appeal. From there I wrote a manager as theoobe suggested that allows you to add/remove pages, and also check to see if a page is already open if a user requests a new instance of it and sets it to active. From there each tab once clicked could display my custom user control (which has whatever content I want on it).

    I could post it if needed.

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    umh. i never wrote good custom controls before... are there any available for free?

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