How to select a different WPF TabItem in Visual Studio 2008
Sadly, Microsoft did not provide a TabControl designer for Visual Studio 2008. If you want to edit a TabItem, you can get around this limitation and select a TabItem other than the default by temporarily changing the TabControl's <<b>>SelectedIndex<</b>> property to the index of the TabItem you want to edit.
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