Smart OutlookBar ActiveX

Smart OutlookBar ActiveX is a Eye-Catching GUI component for incorporating collapsible side-menu systems into your applications. As name suggests it is presented-Layer Navigation System that can easily be embedded into applications built using VB 6 and Visual Studio .Net to have MS Office Outlook Sidebar like Navigation Control.


OutlookBar can have any No. of Items in it having different set-of controls in different Items like in any ‘TAB CONTROL’. User can navigate through each item, which can be collapsed or expanded. Full Design-Time Working with the Control is Enabled i.e. User can add/remove items at design time and place different controls in different items as well. This eliminates Placing of control Container Object in each item like in other navigation Systems.

This is Feature-Rich control having different appearances like Office 2003, Office 2000, and Office 97 etc. Apart From Bottom-place for collapsed items, control can be set to have Top as Collapsed item place. Full Iconic support is included with both small and big icon individual for each item to have clear & visible Icons. Windows/Forms/Controls Can directly be inserted into each Item in run-time also.

Package comes with two controls to feel Real Office 2003 Ambiance.

  1. – SmartMessage [Office 2003 Style Transparent Message Control]
  2. – SmartLabel [ having features if Header control + Gradient Label + Foot Notes in it ]

Combined with these 2 additional control End-User can feel the environment of Office 2003 in the application itself.


Smart OutlookBar Features

Here Are Some Features of ‘Smart OutlookBar Navigation Control’

  • 3 appearances. This includes Office 2003, Office XP and Office 2000 styles.
  • OneNote colour Support as in Smart tabs.
  • Customized colours support for each Item.
  • Control Containment as good as in ‘SmartTabs’.
  • Controls can be added to individual Item in Design time.
  • Full Design-Time Manipulation Support. Control works same in Design-Time and Run-Time.
  • Property Page Support. Add/Remove/Modify Item Properties Directly through Property page.
  • Right-To-Left Text and Icon Support.
  • 2 Kinds of Client-Pane Positions.
  • Optional Client-Pane availability.
  • Full Theme Supports. Control exploits the current windows theme.
  • Optional Item-Headers and Item-Trackers.
  • Insert controls into individual items at run-time also.
  • Iconic Support. For better icon clarity Both Big Icon And Small Icon support for each Item.
  • Image List Support.
  • 2 free controls included with the ‘Smart OutlookBar’.
Supported Languages

Smart OutlookBar Control supports Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Studio .Net. It is possible to use the tab control with other IDE but without control containment feature in many other environments but external Window feature is available. However we only support this product when used with Visual Basic 6.0.


You can distribute the control with applications that uses Smart OutlookBar Control royalty free in case of the registered copy any number of times.

Environments Supported

The Smart OutlookBar is supported on Windows 98 / ME / 2000 /  XP / vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10.