WinForms Tab Control: Colored Tabs (coming in v2011 vol 2)

Thinking Out Loud
25 September 2011

Yes - a small enhancement, but definitely one we get asked about a lot here at DevExpress...DXperience v2011 vol 2 will introduce the ability to color the background of individual tabs in any skinned paint themes.

WinForms Tab Control - Colored Tabs 

Where can this new feature be of use? When used, tabs can be visually grouped by color and you can provide the appropriate visual accent for a specific tab.

Once you set colors for all or individual tabs, they will be automatically merged with the current skin. 

Oh - and this feature is available for all controls providing a "tabbed" UI including the following: WinForms TabControl, TabbedMdiManager, DocumentManager and LayoutControl.

WinForms Form Layout Control with Colored Tabs

Post comments update...For those who wanted to see how this will look with some of our skins...

WinForms Tab Control Animation 

 

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Jirka Rostek
Jirka Rostek

hmmm i like it!

26 September 2011
Michael Proctor [DX-Squad]
Michael Proctor [DX-Squad]

Ray,

You will definately get a drink on me for this one :D This is very exciting, it is something that I even admittedly looked at other vendors, it helps massively when users are trying to identify particular types of forms open in a MDI environment. In the end I didn't go with the other vendor as having extra dependancies just didn't seem right for a simple colored tab.

This will be the first thing I will be implementing when 2011.2 is released. Great news and great work.

26 September 2011
Michael Proctor [DX-Squad]
Michael Proctor [DX-Squad]

Out of interest how does this go with dark skins like halloween or darkroom? Does the color only cover the skinned area, for example skinds with sloped tabs? Any chance of getting a couple more screenshots of other skins?

Again, might be a small feature but has massive impact on final product.

26 September 2011
Christopher Todd
Christopher Todd

Great news!! We needed it as well! I looks great on these flat themes. How does it look on some of the more glassier themes like Blue?

26 September 2011
Sigurd Decroos
Sigurd Decroos

Finally! Looks great.

I'm also wondering how this will affect other skins like darkroom, pumpkin, spring, ...

26 September 2011
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)
Ray Navasarkian (DevExpress)

Thanks for the feedback guys - I just updated the blog post with an animation...hopefully it will answer your questions on appearance...

26 September 2011
Tony Taylor-Moran
Tony Taylor-Moran

Great! Fantastic! Brilliant! can you implement this in the MDI tabs too??? please....

go on, you know you want to...

26 September 2011
Christopher Todd
Christopher Todd

I hope it is on the mdi tabs! That is the only place I would want to use it. I'm thinking of color tabs that indicate relationship between different tabs.

26 September 2011
Michael Proctor [DX-Squad]
Michael Proctor [DX-Squad]

For those who are asking if it is on the MDI tabs and to implement it etc. Please read this line

Oh - and this feature is available for all controls providing a "tabbed" UI including the following: WinForms TabControl, TabbedMdiManager, DocumentManager and LayoutControl.

@Ray, the updated animation is perfect... absolutely brilliant implementation. Would be a little more perfect if the active tab remained colored as well, I realise this mightn't work in some tabs that only use color to represent active. If somehow you could have a lighter shade of the color or a gradient from the top to the middle of the color then continue with the skin would just allow that color grouping of tabs to remain even when selected. Other than that, it is genius.

26 September 2011
Sigurd Decroos
Sigurd Decroos

^^ Agreed! Looks great with other skins too.

26 September 2011
Christopher Todd
Christopher Todd

Ha! That is what I get for skimming the text. Too many picture books when I was growing up! Thanks for pointing it out!

27 September 2011
Denis Sikic
Denis Sikic

Fantastic! This will come in very handy.

27 September 2011
Tony Taylor-Moran
Tony Taylor-Moran

It seems I too am guilty of just skiming the text and paying more attention to the pictures... Now, when can I get my hands on a beta release??

7 October 2011

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