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VisualStudio-Like TabControl

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Inherits the awesome style of Visual Studio's TabControl for better exploiting


Visual Studio IDE has a really awesome theme that everyone likes.

One of its best views is its customized and well-maintained TabControl, and that's why I made this usercontrol that looks like the TabControl used in Visual Studio.


I (on an average) spend more than 10 hours using Visual Studio daily so I fell in love with its theme and wondered why don't I release a similar TabControl.

Youtube video



  • ActiveColor: Highlights the selected TabPage
  • BackTabColor: The color of the background of the TabPage
  • BorderColor: The border color of the control
  • ClosingButtonColor: The color of the closing button "X"
  • HeaderColor: The color of the Header
  • HorizontalLineColor: The color of the horizontal line that passes under the headers
  • SelectedTextColor: The color of the text of the selected page
  • TextColor: The color of the text



Using the Code

Using the code is the same for everyone who worked using the normal TabControl before, for more details about the standard TabControl, I suggest you take a look at TabControl MSDN.

Easy Usage

  1. Drag & drop the usercontrol on your Form
  2. Configure its properties through the properties box:

Advanced Usage

For a better performance and a more dynamic component, you can use many of this control's hidden features, one of them is the CloseButton feature that allows you to close a specific TabPage once you click on the "X" button, but that sounds so familiar and mainstream, so what? Here is the trick. :)

Without writing any line of code, you can make a Yes/No messagebox before closing the TabPage as the following picture shows:



One of the main tasks of this TabControl is to imitate the theme of Visual Studio IDE.

By default, the control's theme is set to Dark-Theme which is a combination of black, gray, blue and white.

In the samples Form, I did add three themes which are: Dark, Light and blue (they are also the standard themes of Visual Studio IDE).

As I did mention, the control is set to dark by default, but to get the blue, light theme or whatever you prefer, you have to edit the colors on your own using the properties window:

Light theme

To create a well-customized theme as the light theme, you have to let go of the mouse and use your hands a bit.

Light theme code:

this.visualStudioTabControl1.HeaderColor = Color.FromArgb(237 , 238 , 242);
this.visualStudioTabControl1.ActiveColor = Color.FromArgb(1, 122, 204);
this.visualStudioTabControl1.HorizontalLineColor = Color.FromArgb(1, 122, 204);
this.visualStudioTabControl1.TextColor = Color.Black;
this.visualStudioTabControl1.BackTabColor = Color.WhiteSmoke;
Blue theme


this.visualStudioTabControl1.HeaderColor = Color.FromArgb(54, 78, 114);
this.visualStudioTabControl1.ActiveColor = Color.FromArgb(247, 238, 153);
this.visualStudioTabControl1.HorizontalLineColor = Color.FromArgb(247, 238, 153);
this.visualStudioTabControl1.selectedTextColor = Color.Black;
this.visualStudioTabControl1.BackTabColor = Color.RoyalBlue;

I preferred writing bare code, but you can accomplish the same task using the properties window as well.

That's all of it, folks ♥ !

Points of Interest

Honestly, when I wrote the code, I used Visual Studio by then so I was looking at its TabControl and tried my best to copy it. haha :D .



• 6/14/2016 : Added a demonstration video.

• 8/23/2016 : Fixed some comments.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Alaa Ben Fatma
Tunisia Tunisia
A 19 years old Software Developer- someone who knows few things about few things.
After finding my passion for software development in .NET, I couldn't get enough of just writing small and generic applications for college, I sought more. I sought innovation.

Main skills :
• C# 7.0
• UI/UX design
• R / SQL ( MySQL | MSSQL ) for data management
• Python

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QuestionError when closing multiple tabs. Pin
Jov29-Mar-18 9:08
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GeneralNice work! I wrote an improved one (source available). Pin
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QuestionMessage Removed Pin
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BugError DLL (VisualStudio-Like TabControl) Pin
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BugLooks great~ doesn't work so well yet Pin
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GeneralThank you so much Pin
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Questionright to left problem Pin
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BugError removing first tab Pin
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SuggestionBrush disposing and font scaling Pin
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QuestionWinForms? Pin
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AnswerMessage Closed Pin
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Questionvs like-tab in vc++ Pin
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PraiseGreat! I like it! Pin
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SuggestionRe: Great! I like it! Pin
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GeneralRe: Great! I like it! Pin
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QuestionAll images are broken Pin
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