TimoSoft TabStrip  1.10.4.181
TabStrip Documentation

Introduction

TabStrip is an ActiveX control that wraps the SysTabControl32 window class. It is optimized for Visual Basic 6.0, but should also work in any other environment that supports COM controls.

Basics

The control superclasses the native tabstrip window class of Windows: SysTabControl32. Although I tried to wrap all features of this window class (status: Windows 10), some things may be missing. In these cases you usually may use the Win32 API and handle the control as a native tabstrip window. One of my goals was it to create a tabstrip control that may be controlled via API as well as via the classes that I implemented.

Requirements

TabStrip Unicode runs on the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (SP3 or later)
  • Windows Server 2003 (SP2 or later)
  • Windows Vista (SP2 or later)
  • Windows Server 2008 (SP2 or later)
  • Windows 7 (SP1 or later)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1 or later)
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Systems supported by Wine (Wine is a Win32 subsystem for alternative operating systems) - limited support
  • ReactOS (a free Windows XP clone) - limited support

Some features have additional requirements which are mentioned in the affected feature's documentation.
Limited support means, that I won't invest much work to support those systems. If a feature works on a system marked with "limited support" - fine; if it does not and it's easy to fix, I'll fix it, but if it's difficult to fix, I probably won't fix it. Also I will test the control much less on those systems.

Support

There's no entitlement to support. Period. However, you have good chances to get help if you post your questions on GitHub or in the forums.
Also the project is open source, so feel free to have a look at the source code. You may modify it, but please consider sharing your changes with the rest of the world.

License

     MIT License
     Copyright (c) 2006-2018 Timo Kunze
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     SOFTWARE.

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to:

  • Wine Headquarters, because Wine helped me a lot on understanding how Windows is working.
  • Microsoft, for ATL, WTL and Visual Studio - great libraries and a great IDE
  • Geoff Chappell, for his website about undocumented Win32 API stuff.
  • Igor Tandetnik, for his great help on learning ATL and WTL
  • Dimitri van Heesch, for Doxygen
  • Nikos Bozinis, for his awesome help with the Vista drag'n'drop stuff.
  • Christian Lütgens, for his great work as beta-tester and for his help when I needed a 2nd opinion on some decisions.
  • All donators
  • For great music: Heaven Shall Burn, Arch Enemy, Machine Head, Trivium, Deadlock, Draconian, Soulfly, Delain, Lacuna Coil, Ensiferum, Epica, Sirenia, Tristania, Nightwish, Battlelore, Amon Amarth, Volbeat, Guns N' Roses

FAQ

1. Why is the Font property ignored?
It isn't. My controls have a property UseSystemFont which defaults to True. This property tells the control to use the system font rather than the font set by the Font property.
Why is this property's default True? Well, if I set system wide settings (like fonts) I expect all applications to follow them. Unfortunately ignoring system wide settings seems to be trendy, so see my decision as an educational measure.

2. Why is event xyz not fired?
Firing an event is relative time-consuming, even if the event isn't handled by the application at all. Therefore I implemented a DisabledEvents property which can be used to deactivate certain events.
By default many events are deactivated.

3. The control doesn't seem to have full Unicode support if it is used in Visual Basic 6. Why?
The forms, that Visual Basic 6 is creating, are ANSI windows. Therefore they force the control's underlying native tabstrip window class to use ANSI messages when communicating with the form. This breaks Unicode support in some situations. To work around this problem, the WM_NOTIFYFORMAT message needs to be reflected back to the control.
In Visual Basic, you have to subclass the control's container window and send WM_NOTIFYFORMAT back to the window that it was sent for. In C++, message reflection works similar. The sample projects teach you how to reflect the message.

4. The control has drawing glitches if it sits inside a Visual Basic 6 Frame control and the app is themed!
The intrinsic Frame control of Visual Basic 6.0 doesn't work well with Windows themes. The drawing glitches you see are more a problem of the Frame control than of the TabStrip control. So far I have not found any work-around for the drawing glitches, that doesn't come with other side-effects like extreme flicker on control resize.
Until a better solution is found, you should make sure that you always place the TabStrip control inside a container which has its own device context (it should have a hDC property then).
Adequate replacements for the Visual Basic 6 Frame control are the Frame control from my ButtonControls library and the PictureBox control, depending on your requirements.