Customizing the Tab control
The Tab control has settings
for controlling the position and appearance of the tabs. Each tab
can have its own label, picture, and background color.
All tabs share the same font settings, which you set on the
Tab control’s Font property page.
Popup menus and property sheets for Tab controls
and tab pages
A Tab control has several elements,
each with its own popup menu and property sheet. To open the property
sheet, double-click or select Properties on the popup menu.
Where you click determines what element you access.
|To access the popup menu or property
sheet for a
|Tab control||Right-click or double-click in the tab
area of the Tab control.
|Tab page||Click the tab to make the tab page active,
then right-click or double-click somewhere in the tab page but not
on a control on the page.
|Control on a tab page||Click the tab to make the tab page active
and right-click or double-click the control.
Position and size of tabs
The General tab in the Tab control’s property sheet
has several settings for controlling the position and size of the
tabs. For example:
|To change||Change the value for|
|The side(s) of the Tab control on which
the tabs appear
|The size of the tabs relative to the
size of the Tab control
|Ragged Right, MultiLine, Fixed Width|
|The orientation of the text relative
to the side of the Tab control (use this setting with caution–only True
Type fonts support perpendicular text)
Fixed Width and Ragged Right When Fixed Width is checked, the tabs are all the same size.
This is different from turning Ragged Right off, which stretches
the tabs to fill the edge of the Tab control, like justified text.
The effect is the same if all the tab labels are short, but if you
have a mix of long and short labels, justified labels can be different
sizes unless Fixed Width is on.
This figure illustrates the effect of combining some of these
settings. Tab Position is Top:
This sample Tab control is set up like an address book. It
has tabs that flip between the left and right sides. With the Bold
Selected Text setting on and the changing tab positions, it is easy
to see which tab is selected:
You can change the appearance of the tab using the property
sheets of both the Tab control and the Tab page:
|Property sheet||Property page||Setting||Affects|
|Tab control||General||PictureOnRight, ShowPicture, ShowText||All tabs in the control|
|The label on the tab and the background
color of the tab page
|Tab page||TabPage||PictureName, TabTextColor, TabBackColor, PictureMaskColor||The color of the text and picture on
the tab and the background color of the tab itself (not the tab
If you are working in the User Object painter on an object
you will use as a tab page, you can make the same settings on the
TabPage page of the user object’s property sheet that you
can make in the tab page’s property sheet.
This example has a picture and text assigned to each tab page.
Each tab has a different background color. The Show Picture and
Show Text settings are both on:
Changing tab appearance in scripts
All these settings in the painter have equivalent properties
that you can set in a script, allowing you to dynamically change
the appearance of the Tab control during execution.