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Chapter 40. Creating and Using Custom Fo... > Using the TabStrip or MultiPage Cont...

Using the TabStrip or MultiPage Control to Create a Multi-page Form

Although each of the standard Outlook forms is itself a multi-page tabbed form (though some only display a single page by default), if you need a more sophisticated interface for displaying complex data, you can add a TabStrip or MultiPage control to one of the form pages. These two controls look very similar, but they have somewhat different functionality.

The MultiPage control is intended for managing large amounts of data that can be sorted into several categories (but all belonging to one record). The TabStrip control, on the other hand, is intended to present different sets of data, possibly from different data sources, in a visual group. For other Office applications, such as Access, this is a real distinction; however, Outlook offers considerably less functionality for binding controls to diverse data sources, so there is little practical difference between these controls, except that the MultiPage control is easier to work with.


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