TabControl.Appearance Property


Gets or sets the visual appearance of the control's tabs.

 property System::Windows::Forms::TabAppearance Appearance { System::Windows::Forms::TabAppearance get(); void set(System::Windows::Forms::TabAppearance value); };
public System.Windows.Forms.TabAppearance Appearance { get; set; }
member this.Appearance : System.Windows.Forms.TabAppearance with get, set
Public Property Appearance As TabAppearance

Property Value


One of the TabAppearance values. The default is Normal.


The property value is not a valid TabAppearance value.


The following code example creates a TabControl with two TabPage objects. This example sets the Appearance property to Buttons, which displays the tabs of the tab pages as buttons.

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Windows::Forms;
public ref class Form1: public Form
      array<String^>^tabText = {"tabPage1","tabPage2"};
      TabControl^ tabControl1 = gcnew TabControl;
      TabPage^ tabPage1 = gcnew TabPage( tabText[ 0 ] );
      TabPage^ tabPage2 = gcnew TabPage( tabText[ 1 ] );
      // Sets the tabs to appear as buttons.
      tabControl1->Appearance = TabAppearance::Buttons;
      array<TabPage^>^tabPageArray = {tabPage1,tabPage2};
      tabControl1->Controls->AddRange( tabPageArray );
      Controls->Add( tabControl1 );


int main()
   Application::Run( gcnew Form1 );

using System.Windows.Forms;

public class Form1 : Form
    public Form1()
        string[] tabText = {"tabPage1", "tabPage2"};
        TabControl tabControl1 = new TabControl();
        TabPage tabPage1 = new TabPage(tabText[0]);
        TabPage tabPage2 = new TabPage(tabText[1]);

        // Sets the tabs to appear as buttons.
        tabControl1.Appearance = TabAppearance.Buttons;

        tabControl1.Controls.AddRange(new TabPage[] {tabPage1, tabPage2});

    static void Main()
        Application.Run(new Form1());
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class Form1
    Inherits Form

    Public Sub New()
        Dim tabText As String() = {"tabPage1", "tabPage2"}
        Dim tabControl1 As New TabControl()
        Dim tabPage1 As New TabPage(tabText(0))
        Dim tabPage2 As New TabPage(tabText(1))

        ' Sets the tabs to appear as buttons.
        tabControl1.Appearance = TabAppearance.Buttons

        tabControl1.Controls.AddRange(New TabPage() {tabPage1, tabPage2})
    End Sub

    Shared Sub Main()
        Application.Run(New Form1())
    End Sub
End Class


When you set the Appearance property to FlatButtons, it only appears as such when the Alignment property is set to Top. Otherwise, the Appearance property appears as if set to the Buttons value.


When you set the Appearance property to Buttons, you must also set the Alignment property to Top so that the tab page contents display correctly.

Applies to

See also