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Beginner's Corner

Basic RB Controls, Part 3

Working with TabPanel, PopupMenu, and BevelButton controls

Issue: 8.3 (March/April 2010)
Author: Marc Zeedar editor-at-rbdeveloper.com
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I began this series discussing the RectControl parent object, and continued last time with an overview of some simple controls. Now we'll get into more complicated controls like the TabPanel and the BevelButton controls.

TabPanel and PagePanel

We've all seen tabpanels in various programs: they allow groups of controls to display within their own page (see Figure 1). Essentially there's a stack of pages, each with its own layout of controls, and only one page is displayed at a time. The user can click on a tabbed header (or some other interface control) to switch between pages.

The idea of a panel is a good one: just like GroupBoxes (covered last issue), panels can help organize related interface items together. They are commonly used in an application's preferences window and can separate what could be an overwhelming list of settings into various categories. For instance, a word processor could have separate tabs for display options, editing features, printing settings, import/export options, etc.

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