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A TabControl with tab page closing capability

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An extension of the tab control that adds a closing 'X' at the left side of the tab page: pressing it will close the tab page.

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I was writing an application that uses a TabControl. I needed to give my user the ability to close tab pages dynamically, so I was looking for a tab control that has a close sign on every page, but could not find one. So I started developing one. The result of this development is the following class: TabControlEx.

Using the code

To use the the tab control, I perform the following action:

  1. Add a regular TabControl to my form.
  2. Edit the Designer file (if your form name is Form1, you need to edit the Form1.Designer.cs file).

You need to change the type of the tab control from "System.Windows.Forms.TabControl" to "Yoramo.GuiLib.TabControlEx". You also need to change the instantiation statement (in the "InitializeComponent" method) to create the correct type of tab control.

The TabControlEx Code

TabControlEx derives from System.Windows.Forms.TabControl. It implements the OnDrawItem to draw the 'x' sign on the page (Close sign) and the OnMouseClick to figure out if the close sign has been clicked. In the constructor, I have changed the DrawMode to TabDrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed to activate the OnDrawItem. In order to enable the application to refuse closing a tab, or to provide an event to enable saving data, I have defined an event called PreRemoveTabPage.

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

namespace Yoramo.GuiLib
    public delegate bool PreRemoveTab(int indx);
    public class TabControlEx : TabControl
        public TabControlEx()
            : base()
            PreRemoveTabPage = null;
            this.DrawMode = TabDrawMode.OwnerDrawFixed;

        public PreRemoveTab PreRemoveTabPage;

        protected override void OnDrawItem(DrawItemEventArgs e)
            Rectangle r = e.Bounds;
            r = GetTabRect(e.Index);
            r.Offset(2, 2);
            r.Width = 5;
            r.Height = 5;
            Brush b = new SolidBrush(Color.Black);
            Pen p = new Pen(b);
            e.Graphics.DrawLine(p, r.X, r.Y, r.X + r.Width, r.Y + r.Height);
            e.Graphics.DrawLine(p, r.X + r.Width, r.Y, r.X, r.Y + r.Height);

            string titel = this.TabPages[e.Index].Text;
            Font f = this.Font;
            e.Graphics.DrawString(titel, f, b, new PointF(r.X + 5, r.Y));
        protected override void OnMouseClick(MouseEventArgs e)
            Point p = e.Location;
            for (int i = 0; i < TabCount; i++)
                Rectangle r = GetTabRect(i);
                r.Offset(2, 2);
                r.Width = 5;
                r.Height = 5;
                if (r.Contains(p))

        private void CloseTab(int i)
            if (PreRemoveTabPage != null)
                bool closeIt = PreRemoveTabPage(i);
                if (!closeIt)


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QuestionThanks Pin
wilmarux20-Jun-13 10:02
memberwilmarux20-Jun-13 10:02 
Newssources of a similar control Pin
jrocnuck28-Mar-07 16:42
memberjrocnuck28-Mar-07 16:42 
Questiongreat code, image? Pin
Norberto Olazabal28-Mar-07 16:29
memberNorberto Olazabal28-Mar-07 16:29 
AnswerRe: great code, image? Pin
Yoramo31-Mar-07 4:22
memberYoramo31-Mar-07 4:22 
GeneralTight code Pin
skeletal4527-Feb-07 23:30
memberskeletal4527-Feb-07 23:30 
GeneralOnMouseDown -- no valid operation Pin
Fish19813-May-06 11:36
memberFish19813-May-06 11:36 
GeneralRe: OnMouseDown -- no valid operation Pin
Fish19813-May-06 11:43
memberFish19813-May-06 11:43 
AnswerRe: OnMouseDown -- no valid operation Pin
Yoramo3-May-06 13:55
memberYoramo3-May-06 13:55 
GeneralRe: OnMouseDown -- no valid operation Pin
Fish19815-May-06 4:03
memberFish19815-May-06 4:03 
GeneralGreat Code Pin
firedraken23-Mar-06 18:08
memberfiredraken23-Mar-06 18:08 
GeneralRe: Great Code Pin
Yoramo23-Mar-06 19:00
memberYoramo23-Mar-06 19:00 
GeneralRe: Great Code Pin
firedraken23-Mar-06 19:45
memberfiredraken23-Mar-06 19:45 
GeneralRe: Great Code Pin
Yoramo24-Mar-06 6:36
memberYoramo24-Mar-06 6:36 
GeneralVisual style lost Pin
Nikhil_be_IT13-Mar-06 22:53
memberNikhil_be_IT13-Mar-06 22:53 
GeneralRe: Visual style lost Pin
Yoramo23-Mar-06 18:56
memberYoramo23-Mar-06 18:56 
GeneralRe: Visual style lost Pin
zvi12346720-Sep-10 23:27
memberzvi12346720-Sep-10 23:27 
Generalw00t Pin
Berger20064-Jan-06 9:44
memberBerger20064-Jan-06 9:44 
GeneralRe: w00t Pin
Yoramo14-Jan-06 21:22
memberYoramo14-Jan-06 21:22 

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