Winforms – Can’t change backcolor of TabPage with DevExpress WinForms XtraTab

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I'm using a DevExpress WinForms XtraTab control v11.2 and I can't get the tab page background color to change. It's stuck on transparent. I've set colors on the XtraTab's AppearancePage.PageClient and there was no effect.

If you throw a default XtraTabControl out you get two tabs that are both white in the main area. I want this area to be grey.

Best Solution

In addition to what you're doing, set the XtraTabControl's PaintStyleName to Standard or PropertyView or one of the other non-Default styles to get the look you want:

Here's an example of dragging in the XtraTabControl and only changing the PaintStyleName property:

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