I am using a tab control on my mdi parent forms. when i open a child window i hide the tab control. but i want the tabcontrol to show itself on child close event. but i cant figure out the code. any help will be great

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Add a form_closing event to you child form.
From there you can make the tab control visible while the child form is closing.

Protected Sub childForm_Closing(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs) Handles MyBase.Closing
    If e.Cancel = False Then
        Me.Parent.<tabcontrol>.Visible = True
    End If
End Sub …
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Add a form_closing event to you child form.
From there you can make the tab control visible while the child form is closing.

Protected Sub childForm_Closing(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs) Handles MyBase.Closing
    If e.Cancel = False Then
        Me.Parent.<tabcontrol>.Visible = True
    End If
End Sub

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