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CXTabCtrl: an easier tab control for dialogs and forms

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An easier tab control
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Introduction

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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    xicoloko
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    XicoLoko is a brazilian developer based in Switzerland.

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    GeneralDoesn't look good on WinXP Pin
    Mirzallica6-Jul-03 15:09
    sussMirzallica6-Jul-03 15:09 
    GeneralDrag and Drop in a tab Control dialog Pin
    Yohome10-Jun-03 3:30
    memberYohome10-Jun-03 3:30 
    Generalonsize problem... Pin
    opcode11272-Jun-03 22:00
    memberopcode11272-Jun-03 22:00 
    GeneralBug: Inhibit Hot key Pin
    ericlts7-May-03 20:50
    memberericlts7-May-03 20:50 
    GeneralPlease Help me!! Pin
    Ansonku1-May-03 5:04
    memberAnsonku1-May-03 5:04 
    GeneralRe: Please Help me!! Pin
    tainy3-May-03 14:34
    membertainy3-May-03 14:34 
    GeneralRe: Please Help me!! Pin
    Peter B.22-May-03 11:38
    memberPeter B.22-May-03 11:38 
    GeneralRe: Please Help me!! Pin
    cjpm10025-Jul-04 5:08
    membercjpm10025-Jul-04 5:08 
    tabtestdlg.h(23) : error C2146: syntax error : missing ';' before identifier 'm_MyTab'
    tabtestdlg.h(23) : error C2501: 'CXTabCtrl' : missing storage-class or type specifiers
    tabtestdlg.h(23) : error C2501: 'm_MyTab' : missing storage-class or type specifiers
    TabTestDlg.cpp(77) : error C2065: 'm_MyTab' : undeclared identifier
    Generating Code...
    Error executing cl.exe.

    TabTest.exe - 7 error(s), 0 warning(s)

    Can someone explain why this doesnt work for me? I used ClassWizard to assign a standard CTabCtrl variable to the Tab Control, and then modified the line to read CXTabCtrl as below:
    //{{AFX_DATA(CTabTestDlg)
    enum { IDD = IDD_TABTEST_DIALOG };
    CXTabCtrl m_MyTab;
    //}}AFX_DATA

    I havent been able to get this procedure to work in other CodeProject things, so I assume its my doing!!

    Please help, much appreciated.

    GeneralRe: Please Help me!! Pin
    rthat14-Feb-05 3:40
    memberrthat14-Feb-05 3:40 
    GeneralRe: Please Help me!! Pin
    rthat14-Feb-05 6:32
    memberrthat14-Feb-05 6:32 
    Generalhwo can iset icon to the tab Pin
    liquidsnake18329-Mar-03 12:47
    memberliquidsnake18329-Mar-03 12:47 
    GeneralModifying Text on Tab Pin
    mistroseth26-Mar-03 3:20
    sussmistroseth26-Mar-03 3:20 
    GeneralFormView Pin
    Dscho6-Feb-03 23:23
    memberDscho6-Feb-03 23:23 
    GeneralFormView Sample Pin
    bpwallac25-Jan-03 19:20
    memberbpwallac25-Jan-03 19:20 
    GeneralCTabCtrlSSL is better Pin
    nomadik13-Jan-03 0:36
    membernomadik13-Jan-03 0:36 
    GeneralRe: CTabCtrlSSL is better Pin
    ericlts7-May-03 20:25
    memberericlts7-May-03 20:25 
    GeneralRe: CTabCtrlSSL is better Pin
    dchris_med24-Apr-08 15:13
    memberdchris_med24-Apr-08 15:13 
    GeneralExcellent job!!! Pin
    kevindu9-Jan-03 15:00
    memberkevindu9-Jan-03 15:00 
    QuestionKeyboard navigation? Pin
    Anonymous1-Nov-02 23:06
    sussAnonymous1-Nov-02 23:06 
    Generaldynamic delete tabs Pin
    silverspoon24-Jul-02 23:01
    membersilverspoon24-Jul-02 23:01 
    GeneralRe: dynamic delete tabs Pin
    Anonymous2-Aug-02 1:54
    sussAnonymous2-Aug-02 1:54 
    QuestionHow to set the caption dynamically ? Pin
    Kumar119-Feb-02 18:40
    memberKumar119-Feb-02 18:40 
    AnswerRe: How to set the caption dynamically ? Pin
    minuo22-Mar-02 10:38
    memberminuo22-Mar-02 10:38 
    GeneralRe: How to set the caption dynamically ? Pin
    Anonymous19-Sep-02 9:02
    sussAnonymous19-Sep-02 9:02 
    Generalno tabs Pin
    AMW9-Nov-01 20:31
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