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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.

Create an application with an Office UI like Ribbon

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.

wf ribbon control in office 2016 ui

Office 2016 UI

The Office 2016 UI provides a backstage view. Available color schemes are White, Colorful, Dark Gray, and Black.

wf ribbon control in touch ui

Ribbon Touch UI

The Ribbon control supports a touch UI with plenty of interaction space.

wf ribbon control in office 2010 ui

Office 2010 UI

The Office 2010 UI supports gradient colors and color schemes that include Blue, Black, and Silver.

wf ribbon control in office 2007 ui

Office 2007 UI

The Office 2007 UI is a classic interface that contains three color schemes: Blue, Silver, and Black.

Wide Variety of Controls Supports in Ribbon

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.





Split Button


Radio Button







wf ribbon control gallery



Access Items with the Quick Access Toolbar

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.

wf ribbon quick access toolbar

Tabs with Contextual Groups

The Ribbon control supports any number of contextual tab groups, which can be hidden or shown in certain contexts.

wf ribbon tab groups

Office 2010, 2016 Backstage View

The backstage is a separate view that contains tabs and buttons that can show an application’s information and basic settings.

wf ribbon backstage view

Office 2007 Application Menu

The application menu is equivalent to a file menu found in a traditional UI.

wf ribbon shows office2007 application menu

Ribbon Resizing

The ribbon will resize its controls to fit within the space available in the ribbon window.

wf ribbon control shows office2007 application menu

Merge MDI panel

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.

wf ribbon control meging mdi panel

User Customization

The Ribbon control lets users customize the QAT as well as the ribbon window, its appearance, and its tabs.

wf ribbon quick access toolbar items are added

QAT Positioning

Place the Quick Access Toolbar either above or below the ribbon.

wf ribbon quick access toolbar items are added

Add Items to the QAT

Users can add frequently accessed commands to the QAT.

wf ribbon quick access toolbar items are customized

Custom QAT

Customize the QAT in customize window by adding, removing, or reordering items.

wf ribbon tab customization

Custom Ribbon Tab

Users can create a new ribbon tab by adding commands.

State Persistence for User Convenience

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.

More Office Ribbon UI Controls

wf ribbon shows mini toolbar option

Mini Toolbar

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.

wf ribbon shows mini toolbar option

Ribbon StatusBar

Display the current status of an application or document, similar in Microsoft Office.

wf ribbon shows mini toolbar option

Launcher Button

The launcher button allows users to execute an action they define.

Complete Keyboard Accessibility

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.

wf ribbon keyboard accessibility


The Ribbon control supports super tooltips, which are used to customize the default look and feel of all tooltips.

wf ribbon shows tooltip

Right-to-Left Languages

Right-to-left (RTL) orientation allows users to work in right-to-left languages like Hebrew, Arabic, or Persian.

wf ribbon shows right to left direction rendering



Content in the Ribbon control can be formatted according to culture.

wf ribbon shows content based on culture


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