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_GUICtrlTab_Create & _GUICtrlTab_InsertItem

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I am developing a program with a gui with a tab .

The tab has 4 items

Now I have conducted various test with the tab functions from the UDF (#include <GuiTab.au3>) versus the native tab functions

In these tabs I have to run some listviews, and in this case too the question is native functions or UDF functions ?

But my first question is:

Why using _GUICtrlTab_Create & _GUICtrlTab_InsertItem there is no method to show an item (button - listview - imputbox...) ONLY on a selected tab ?

Yes I know the GUIRegisterMsg($WM_NOTIFY, "WM_NOTIFY") but it is not simple to manage a lot of objects on various tables...

The solution of this post is viable only for a very small number of controls and/or tabs :

In the example the test button is visible on all the three tabs...

#AutoIt3Wrapper_au3check_parameters=-d -w 1 -w 2 -w 3 -w 4 -w 5 -w 6
#include <GuiConstantsEx.au3>
#include <GuiTab.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>

Opt('MustDeclareVars', 1)

$Debug_TAB = False ; Check ClassName being passed to functions, set to True and use a handle to another control to see it work

Global $hTab,$testbutton


Func _Main()
    Local $hGUI

    ; Create GUI
    $hGUI = GUICreate("(UDF Created) Tab Control Create", 400, 300)
    $hTab = _GUICtrlTab_Create($hGUI, 2, 2, 396, 296)

    ; Add tabs
    _GUICtrlTab_InsertItem($hTab, 0, "Tab 1")
    $testbutton = GUICtrlCreateButton("test", 30, 30, 50, 50)  ; TEST BUTTON visible on every tab...
    _GUICtrlTab_InsertItem($hTab, 1, "Tab 2")
    _GUICtrlTab_InsertItem($hTab, 2, "Tab 3")
    ; Loop until user exits
    Until GUIGetMsg() = $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
EndFunc   ;==>_Main

So for me if there isn't other methods to control the visualization of the button the tab UDF is useless !

Thanks for the advices..

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Read the Tabs tutorial in the Wiki - it shows how to manage the controls on UDF created tabs. :graduated:

Unfortunately it is a bit complicated, as you will see. If you can use the native AutoIt tab control I would strongly recommend doing so - it makes life much easier. :(


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Ok Melba23, I have read the wiki and I understand that native functions are waaaay more friendly.

I was writing a gui for manage a sqllite DB for an helpdesk, it looks like this:


You can see the first arrow, there is a field and the press of return cause the load of the (search) list.

After the user has to select and item and click on the button "trovato" (second arrow).

This cause a change of tab and the load of various information

But after the first time the return on the input field "works" also like a click on the second button .....

I try to change the focus on other elements of the gui but with ambiguous behaviours...

I think is a problem of mix of native and udf functions.

I create tabs with native functions but I select these with _GUICtrlTab_ClickTab, for example.

Now I have resolved .. . workarounded by removing the button and using in all my listviews the GUIRegisterMsg($WM_NOTIFY, "WM_NOTIFY") method, for

a simpler double clik on the item.

Thanks for the advices. :graduated:



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