The WinForms Ribbon control (ribbon menu) accommodates all the tools required for an application in a single, easy-to-navigate user interface similar to Microsoft Office. Its dynamic resizing, keyboard accessibility, and complete customization options help organize an application.
The Ribbon control provides an application UI similar to Microsoft Office with a 2007 style that contains an application menu and a 2016 style that contains a backstage view.
The Office 2016 UI provides a backstage view. Available color schemes are White, Colorful, Dark Gray, and Black.
The Ribbon control supports a touch UI with plenty of interaction space.
The Office 2010 UI supports gradient colors and color schemes that include Blue, Black, and Silver.
The Office 2007 UI is a classic interface that contains three color schemes: Blue, Silver, and Black.
The WinForms Ribbon control supports variety of ToolStrip items. Button items—like ToolStrip button, ToolStrip drop-down button, ToolStrip split button —can be included in different types of states. The Ribbon control can also support the following ToolStrip controls, making it comprehensive yet flexible: RadioButton, ComboBox, Gallery, CheckBox, TextBox, Label, and ProgressBar. All these controls can be separated using the ribbon separator.
The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is used to render a set of ribbon items that are commonly used in applications. It renders at the top-left corner of a window to make it more accessible. Users can choose to place it above or below the ribbon, remove certain commands from it, or add commands to it.
The Ribbon control supports any number of contextual tab groups, which can be hidden or shown in certain contexts.
The backstage is a separate view that contains tabs and buttons that can show an application’s information and basic settings.
The application menu is equivalent to a file menu found in a traditional UI.
The ribbon will resize its controls to fit within the space available in the ribbon window.
MDI panel in Ribbon control are used to merge the commands in to the core tabs. When merged, all core tabs are displayed along with merged commands.
The Ribbon control lets users customize the QAT as well as the ribbon window, its appearance, and its tabs.
Place the Quick Access Toolbar either above or below the ribbon.
Users can add frequently accessed commands to the QAT.
Customize the QAT in customize window by adding, removing, or reordering items.
Users can create a new ribbon tab by adding commands.
The Ribbon control for WPF allows users to customize a control’s state, such as the Quick Access Toolbar, the minimize-maximize state of the ribbon, the ribbon tab, etc. This requires the customized state to persist across application instances and when the application closes. Upon restarting, the application will again apply the state.
The mini-toolbar control is a lightweight, floating toolbar that can be dynamically displayed and hidden for certain contexts. A good example is text editing. When users select text in the editor, you can display a mini-toolbar next to the text to quickly let users bold, italicize, or underline it.
Display the current status of an application or document, similar in Microsoft Office.
The launcher button allows users to execute an action they define.
The Ribbon control supports key tips for ribbon items, letting users quickly access a command in a few keystrokes. When a user presses the Alt key, key tips for commands in the current tab are displayed. Pressing a key indicated in the key tip invokes the corresponding command.
The Ribbon control supports a traditional look with Office 2007 and Office 2010 styles, and a flat look with Office 2013 and Office 2016 styles.
The Ribbon control supports super tooltips, which are used to customize the default look and feel of all tooltips.
Right-to-left (RTL) orientation allows users to work in right-to-left languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.
Content in the Ribbon control can be formatted according to culture.
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