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CXTabCtrl: an easier tab control for dialogs and forms

, 26 Jun 2000
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An easier tab control
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When I first started using Microsoft VC++, I found it boring to put a tab control in a form or in a dialog. I had to create the dialogs, fill in the TCITEM structure for each of my tabs, and finally insert them into the tab control. With CXTabCtrl it is far simpler, as is illustrated below:-

InitDialog (CDialog) or InitialUpdate (CFormView) 

m_pMyDlg = new CMyDlg;
m_pMyDlg->Create(CMyDlg::IDD, &m_tabctrl /*CXTabCtrl variable*/);
m_tabctrl.AddTab(m_pMyDlg, "Tab caption", 0 /* image number*/);

The OnSelChange that you previously had to implement in the dialog (or form) to show the correct dialog is now in the CXTabCtrl, so you don't have to worry about it. You can even disable a tab so the user cannot see its contents.

m_tabctrl.EnableTab(1 /*index*/, FALSE);

You can also change the color for the following states of each tab:-

  • Selected tab
  • Unselected tab
  • Disabled tab
  • A mouse over tab
  • You can select a tab from it's caption, or dynamically change a tab. In addition to this, you can select the previous or next tab with the SelectNextTab method.


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    Comments and Discussions

    QuestionMFC Tab Control Video Tutorials PinmemberJack123sweet5-Apr-14 9:20 
    AnswerRe: MFC Tab Control Video Tutorials PinmemberVaughan Daniel13-May-14 11:02 
    GeneralGetItem() failed! [modified] PinmemberHarly11-Jul-12 16:30 
    GeneralMy vote of 3 Pinmemberfishpixie19-Mar-11 21:14 
    GeneralProposition Pinmembervoy k16-May-06 21:11 
    GeneralAccess the edit control inside the tab Pinmemberiulikii_026-Apr-06 3:46 
    Questionhow can i ................ Pinmemberalupiv29-Mar-06 19:35 
    QuestionHow to know which page is selected Pinmembercyberaoul5-Oct-05 23:47 
    QuestionHelp,how can i change it's size? PinmemberLancelot Yuan10-Jul-05 16:33 
    AnswerRe: Help,how can i change it's size? [modified] Pinmemberpajero_pn11-Jan-08 22:40 
    Generalprobleme whith CXTabCtrl Pinmemberchristophecrepin23-Jun-05 8:44 
    Generalhelp! How to get the value I set in tab control. PinmemberNo-Cloud-Dagon23-Feb-05 16:20 
    Generalbitmap couldn't move with SelectTab() Pinsussyenh12-Feb-04 14:41 
    GeneralProblem on Tab when enabled XP theme PinsussAnonymous16-Nov-03 14:27 
    GeneralRe: Problem on Tab when enabled XP theme PinsussAnonymous15-Jul-04 2:36 
    GeneralSub-Par Pinmemberprairiedog2k@yahoo.com21-Aug-03 10:13 
    GeneralMultiline Tab PinsussEdwin1612613-Aug-03 1:04 
    GeneralRe: Multiline Tab Pinmemberpige25-Sep-07 2:49 
    GeneralHelp - Blank after re-show Pinmemberdragon7423-Jul-03 6:43 
    GeneralDoesn't look good on WinXP PinsussMirzallica6-Jul-03 15:09 
    GeneralDrag and Drop in a tab Control dialog PinmemberYohome10-Jun-03 3:30 
    Generalonsize problem... Pinmemberopcode11272-Jun-03 22:00 
    i have a problem in the class...
    how to resizable two dialog box in the cxtab control?
    how can i resizing frame window with dialog over the cxtab?
    GeneralBug: Inhibit Hot key Pinmemberericlts7-May-03 20:50 
    GeneralPlease Help me!! PinmemberAnsonku1-May-03 5:04 
    GeneralRe: Please Help me!! Pinmembertainy3-May-03 14:34 

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