Getting Started

This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a sample application that contains a RadTabbedWindow control.

Assembly References

In order to use the RadTabbedWindow control in your projects, you have to add references to the following assemblies:

  • Telerik.Windows.Controls
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation
  • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Data

Adding RadTabbedWindow to the Project

Start by creating a new WPF window using Visual Studio's item template.

Figure 1: Add new WPF Window

Add new WPF Window

After this, replace the generated Window declaration with the following XAML code:

Example 1: Defining a RadTabbedWindow in XAML

<telerik:RadTabbedWindow x:Class="GettingStarted.TabbedWindow" 
            xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" 
            xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" 
            xmlns:telerik="http://schemas.telerik.com/2008/xaml/presentation"> 
</telerik:RadTabbedWindow> 

Please note that you need to replace the GettingStarted namespace with your namespace.

Also in the code-behind file you should inherit the RadTabbedWindow instead of the standard MS Window.

Example 2: Inherit from RadTabbedWindow

public partial class TabbedWindow : RadTabbedWindow 
{ 
    public TabbedWindow() 
    { 
        InitializeComponent(); 
    } 
} 
Partial Public Class TabbedWindow 
    Inherits RadTabbedWindow 
 
    Public Sub New() 
        InitializeComponent() 
    End Sub 
End Class 

Finally, you can remove the StartupUri property from the App.xaml file and replace the code-behind with the following:

Example 3: Open RadTabbedWindow on application startup

public partial class App : Application 
{ 
    public App() 
    { 
        var tabbedWindow = new TabbedWindow(); 
        tabbedWindow.Header = "My Tabbed Window"; 
        tabbedWindow.Height = 400; 
        tabbedWindow.Width = 600; 
        tabbedWindow.Show(); 
    } 
} 
Partial Public Class App 
    Inherits Application 
 
    Public Sub New() 
        Dim tabbedWindow = New TabbedWindow() 
        tabbedWindow.Header = "My Tabbed Window" 
        tabbedWindow.Height = 400 
        tabbedWindow.Width = 600 
        tabbedWindow.Show() 
    End Sub 
End Class 

If you run the application, you will see the RadTabbedWindow control illustrated in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Empty RadTabbedWindow

Empty RadTabbedWindow

If you're using the implicit styles theming mechanism with the NoXaml binaries, note that the newly created window will not automatically receive the default style. In order for this to happen, you should add the following style after the merged dictionaries:

Example 4: Adding the style for the new TabbedWindow

<Application.Resources> 
    <ResourceDictionary> 
        <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="Themes/System.Windows.xaml" /> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml" /> 
            <ResourceDictionary Source="Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation.xaml" /> 
        </ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries> 
        <Style TargetType="local:TabbedWindow" BasedOn="{StaticResource RadTabbedWindowStyle}" /> 
    </ResourceDictionary> 
</Application.Resources> 

Add Tabs

You can add tabs to the window by directly defining them as its content.

Example 5: Adding Tabs to RadTabbedWindow in XAML

<telerik:RadTabbedWindow x:Class="GettingStarted.TabbedWindow" 
            xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml/presentation" 
            xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2006/xaml" 
            xmlns:telerik="http://schemas.telerik.com/2008/xaml/presentation"> 
    <telerik:RadTabItem Header="Microsoft"> 
        <TextBlock Text="Microsoft Content" /> 
    </telerik:RadTabItem> 
    <telerik:RadTabItem Header="Google"> 
        <TextBlock Text="Google Content" /> 
    </telerik:RadTabItem> 
    <telerik:RadTabItem Header="Progress"> 
        <TextBlock Text="Progress Content" /> 
    </telerik:RadTabItem> 
</telerik:RadTabbedWindow> 
Upon running the application, your RadTabbedWindow should now be populated with tabs as shown on Figure 3.

Figure 3: RadTabbedWindow with tabs

RadTabbedWindow with tabs

Alternatively, you can set the ItemsSource property of the control or bind it to a collection in your viewmodel. You can find an example of how to do this in the Data Binding article.

Setting a Theme

The controls from our suite support different themes. You can see how to apply a theme different than the default one in the Setting a Theme help article.

Changing the theme using implicit styles will affect all controls that have styles defined in the merged resource dictionaries. This is applicable only for the controls in the scope in which the resources are merged.

To change the theme, you can follow the steps below:

  • Choose between the themes and add reference to the corresponding theme assembly (ex: Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8.dll). You can see the different themes applied in the Theming examples from our WPF Controls Examples application.

  • Merge the resource dictionaries with the namespace required for the controls that you are using from the theme assembly. For RadTabbedWindow, you will need to merge the following resource dictionaries:

    • System.Windows.xaml
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml
    • Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation.xaml

Example 6 demonstrates how to merge the resource dictionaries so that they are applied globally for the entire application.

Example 6: Merge the ResourceDictionaries

    <Application.Resources> 
        <ResourceDictionary> 
            <ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries> 
                <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/System.Windows.xaml"/> 
                <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.xaml"/> 
                <ResourceDictionary Source="/Telerik.Windows.Themes.Windows8;component/Themes/Telerik.Windows.Controls.Navigation.xaml"/> 
            </ResourceDictionary.MergedDictionaries> 
                <Style TargetType="local:TabbedWindow" BasedOn="{StaticResource RadTabbedWindowStyle}" /> 
        </ResourceDictionary> 
    </Application.Resources> 
Figure 4 shows RadTabbedWindow with the Windows8 theme applied.

Figure 4: RadTabbedWindow with the Windows8 theme

RadTabbedWindow with the Windows8 theme

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