Tab groups

TabbedMDIManager supports multiple TabGroups which can be resizable. It allows users to programmatically control and restrict the number and layout of the tab groups and also lets users to associate a form with a specific tab group. This way users can provide a custom tabbed layout for the end users of the TabbedMDI application. The MDI Children can arranged horizontally or vertically.

Tab groups

The below topics will guide you on how to create tab groups and set borders for the tab groups.

Creating tab groups

  • To the application add Tools.Windows and Shared.Base Syncfusion assemblies.
  • Add 2 more forms and rename them as TabGroup1_Form and TabGroup2_Form. (The application now contains three forms (i.e.) Form1, TabGroup1_Form and TabGroup2_Form).
  • In Form1, add the namespace Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.
Using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools;
Imports Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools
  • Declare the TabbedMDIManager in your form.
Private TabbedGroupedMDIManager tabbedMDIManager;
Private TabbedGroupedMDIManager As TabbedMDIManager
  • Set the form’s IsMdiContainer property to true.
  • Initialize the TabbedMDIManager and set the required properties.
public Form1()

{

InitializeComponent();

// Initialize a TabbedGroupedMDIManager. 

this.tabbedMDIManager = new TabbedGroupedMDIManager();

// Indicates whether the user can drag and drop tabs(child forms) from one tab group to another. 

this.tabbedMDIManager.AllowTabGroupCustomizing = false;

// Align TabGroup horizontally.

this.tabbedMDIManager.Horizontal = true;

}
Public Sub New()

InitializeComponent()

' Initialize a TabbedGroupedMDIManager. 

Me.tabbedMDIManager = New TabbedGroupedMDIManager()

' Indicates whether the user can drag and drop tabs(child forms) from one tab group to another.

Me.tabbedMDIManager.AllowTabGroupCustomizing = False

' Align TabGroup horizontally.

Me.tabbedMDIManager.Horizontal = True

End Sub
  • Attach the TabbedMDIManager to your form and specify the Tab Groups.
private void Form1_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

{

this.tabbedMDIManager.AttachToMdiContainer(this);

// Specify the tab groups.

this.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups.Add(new TabbedGroup("TabGroup1"));

this.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups.Add(new TabbedGroup("TabGroup2"));

}
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

Me.tabbedMDIManager.AttachToMdiContainer(Me)

' Specify the tab groups.

Me.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups.Add(New TabbedGroup("TabGroup1"))

Me.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups.Add(New TabbedGroup("TabGroup2"))

End Sub
  • Add 2 bar items (or buttons can also be used) to add the tab groups. In the barItem_click event, add the below given code.
// Adding tab group 1 forms by clicking on a barItem.

private void barItem1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

{

TabGroup1_Form  form = new TabGroup1_Form ();

form.Text = "TabGroup1_Child1";

// Add the TabGroup1_Form to a specific group.

this.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups["TabGroup1"].AddForm(form);

}

// Adding tab group 2 forms by clicking on another barItem.

private void barItem2_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

{

TabGroup2_Form  form = new TabGroup2_Form ();

form.Text = "TabGroup2_Child2";

// Add the TabGroup2_Form to a specific group.

this.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups["TabGroup2"].AddForm(form);                        

}
' Adding tab group 1 forms by clicking on a barItem.

Private Sub barItem1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles barItem1.Click

Dim form As TabGroup1_Form = New TabGroup1_Form

Form.Text = "TabGroup1_Child1"

' Add the TabGroup1_Form to a specific group.

Me.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups("TabGroup1").AddForm(Form)

End Sub

' Adding tab group 2 forms by clicking on another barItem.

Private Sub barItem2_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles barItem2.Click

Dim form As TabGroup2_Form = New TabGroup2_Form

Form.Text = "TabGroup2_Child2"

' Add the TabGroup2_Form to a specific group.

Me.tabbedMDIManager.TabbedGroups("TabGroup2").AddForm(Form)

End Sub

Tab groups created by code

The AllowTabGroupCustomizing property indicates whether the user can drag and drop tabs (child forms) from one tab group to another.

The below methods can be used for specific functionalities in TabGroups.

Methods table

Methods Description
MakeSingleTabGroup Consolidates the child forms in different tab groups into a single tab group.
MaximizeTabGroup This method is called to make the tab group host specified in the Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.TabHost occupy the maximum space.
MoveActiveDocTo Moves the active form to the specified tab group.
MoveDocTo Moves the child form to the specified tab group.
CreateNewHorizontalGroup Creates a new horizontal tab group, moving the active child form to that group.
CreateNewVerticalGroup Creates a new vertical tab group, moving the active child form to that group.

Border settings

Border color

To set the Border Color of the borders that appear under the MDI tabs, we can use the BottomBorderColor property of TabGroupHosts.

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts[0].BottomBorderColor=Color.Red;

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts[1].BottomBorderColor = Color.Green;
tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts(0).BottomBorderColor=Color.Red

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts(1).BottomBorderColor = Color.Green

tab group items border color

Border height

To set the Border Height of the borders, we can use the BottomBorderHeight property of TabGroupHosts.

// To set the Border Height.   

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts[0].BottomBorderHeight = 0;

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts[1].BottomBorderHeight = 3;

// To set the Border Color.

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts[0].BottomBorderColor = Color.Black;

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts[1].BottomBorderColor = Color.Black;
'To set the Border Height.

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts(0).BottomBorderHeight = 0

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts(1).BottomBorderHeight = 3

'To set the Border Color.

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts(0).BottomBorderColor = Color.Black

tabbedMDIManager.TabGroupHosts(1).BottomBorderColor = Color.Black

Tab groups border height

A sample which illustrates this feature is available in the below sample installation location.

…\My Documents\Syncfusion\EssentialStudio\Version Number\Windows\Tools.Windows\Samples\Advanced Editor Functions\ActionGroupingDemo