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The WPF 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-like Ribbon

The WPF 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.

WPF Simplified Ribbon

Simplified ribbon

The simplified ribbon acts as a mode for viewing the most commonly used commands in a single line and therefore offers more screen space for a compact view of a document. End users can also quickly navigate to other commonly used commands in the overflow menu. End users can switch to normal mode using the built-in toggle button.

WPF Ribbon Office 2016 Style

Office 2016 UI

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

WPF Ribbon Office 2010 Style

Office 2010 UI

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

WPF Ribbon Office 2007 Style

Office 2007 UI

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

WPF Ribbon with Touch UI

Ribbon touch UI

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

A wide variety of Ribbon items

The WPF Ribbon control for WPF comes with a variety of ribbon items. Button items—like the ribbon button, drop-down button, and split button—can be included in any of the three different types of states. The Ribbon control can also include the following controls, making it comprehensive yet flexible: check box, ComboBox, radio button, ribbon gallery, text box, and list box. All these controls can be separated using the ribbon separator.

WPF Ribbon Button

Ribbon button

A button with three different sizes to display content with images.

WPF Ribbon DropDown Button

Display menu items for selecting commands.

WPF Ribbon Split Button

Split button

The split button performs like a normal button as well as a drop-down button to select a command directly or from a list.

WPF Ribbon Gallery

Display items in a row- or column-based view by category. Items can be represented with any type of content: Text, images, etc.

WPF Ribbon with ComboBox

Ribbon ComboBox

Select items from a drop-down list.

WPF Ribbon with ListBox

Ribbon list box

Display a list of items.

WPF Ribbon with Radio Button

Ribbon radio button

Make a single selection from multiple options.

WPF Ribbon with CheckBox

Ribbon check box

Select one or multiple items.

WPF Ribbon with Text Box

Ribbon text box

Normal text box control in a ribbon UI.

Icon template for Ribbon items

The WPF Ribbon control allows you to add any form of image like path data, font icons, etc. as a template to the Ribbon items such as ribbon button, drop-down button, split button, gallery, ribbon bar, and backstage command button.

WPF Ribbon Icons

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.

WPF Ribbon Quick Access ToolBar

QAT support for custom items

Display any kind of custom control, such as combo box, text box, radio button, check box, and more on the ribbon bar and QAT.

WPF Ribbon Icons

Tabs with contextual groups

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

WPF Ribbon Contextual Tab Groups

RibbonBar positioning

Ribbon bars can be placed either at the left or right side of the ribbon.

WPF Ribbon RibbonBar positioning

Office 2010, 2016 backstage view

Backstage is a separate view containing tabs and buttons that can show an application’s information and basic settings. The backstage items can also be arranged at either the top or bottom. It provides different types of animations such as fade, scale, and zoom as well as support to customize the animation duration.

WPF Ribbon Backstage View

Placement support for backstage

Backstage can be opened or closed within any window or placement target specified by the users. Backstage also opens under the Ribbon tab or occupies the window or placement target’s entire client area.

WPF Ribbon Backstage

WPF Ribbon Backstage Placement

Application menu

The application menu contains standard commands like the Windows Explorer. This menu appears when a user clicks the file or backstage button.

WPF Ribbon Office 2007 Application Menu

Ribbon resizing

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

WPF Ribbon Resizing

Resize based on the specified order

Ribbon bars are resized according to the order specified in the ribbon tab.

WPF Ribbon Resize based on the specified order

Ribbon modal tabs

Modal tabs in the Ribbon control are used to temporarily display a collection of commands other than those found in the core tabs. When shown, all other core tabs will be invisible. In Microsoft Office, modal tabs are used to display print-preview commands when printing a document.

WPF Ribbon Modal Tabs

MDI merging

In the multiple document interface (MDI), parent and child forms can have their own ribbon menus and items specific to their requirements. Normally in the Ribbon, the parent form holds general commands like File, Home, Help, etc., whereas the child form holds specific and exclusive functionalities like Insert, Review, View, etc. Users can either switch between forms to operate these functionalities or merge both parent and child MDI forms to combine the ribbon menus and items within the parent form, if needed.

WPF Ribbon Menu Merging

Load user control

Load any user control at the right side of the title bar in the ribbon window.

WPF Ribbon Load user control

User customization

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

WPF Ribbon QAT

QAT positioning

Place the quick access toolbar either above or below the Ribbon.

WPF Ribbon Add Items to QAT

Add items to the QAT

Users can add frequently accessed commands to the QAT.

WPF Ribbon Custom Quick Access Toolbar Items

Custom QAT

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

WPF Ribbon Custom Tab

Custom ribbon tab

Users can create a new ribbon tab by adding commands.

State persistence for user convenience

The WPF Ribbon control 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 app closes. Upon restarting, the app will again apply the state.

More Office Ribbon UI controls

WPF Ribbon Mini Toolbar


The mini-toolbar is a lightweight, floating toolbar that can be dynamically displayed and hidden in 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.

WPF Ribbon with Status Bar

Ribbon status bar

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

*Status Bar documentation

WPF Ribbon Launcher Button

Launcher button

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

WPF Ribbon with Tab Panel Item

Tab-panel item

Display controls under the close button using a ribbon’s tab-panel item.

Complete keyboard accessibility

The WPF 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.

WPF Ribbon Keyboard Accessibility


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

WPF Ribbon Tooltip

Right-to-Left Languages

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

WPF Ribbon in Right-to-Left


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

WPF Ribbon Localization

WPF Ribbon Code Example

Easily get started with the WPF Ribbon using a few simple lines of XAML and C# code example as demonstrated below. Also explore our WPF Ribbon Example that shows you how to render and configure the Ribbon in WPF.

<syncfusion:RibbonWindow  xmlns:syncfusion="http://schemas.syncfusion.com/wpf" 
        xmlns:syncfusionskin ="clr-namespace:Syncfusion.SfSkinManager;assembly=Syncfusion.SfSkinManager.WPF"
        Title="MainWindow" Height="450" Width="800"
      syncfusion:SfSkinManager.Theme="{syncfusionskin:SkinManagerExtension ThemeName=Office2013White}">
<syncfusion:Ribbon x:Name="_ribbon" VerticalAlignment="Top">
<syncfusion:RibbonTab Caption="HOME"  IsChecked="True">
<syncfusion:RibbonBar Name="New" Width="90"  Header="New">
<syncfusion:RibbonButton SizeForm="Large" Label="New Email"/>
<syncfusion:RibbonTab Caption="SEND/RCEIVE"  IsChecked="False"/>
<syncfusion:RibbonTab Caption="FOLDER"  IsChecked="False"/>
<syncfusion:RibbonTab Caption="VIEW"  IsChecked="False"/>
using Syncfusion.SfSkinManager;
using Syncfusion.Windows.Tools;
using Syncfusion.Windows.Tools.Controls;
public partial class MainWindow : RibbonWindow
        public MainWindow()
            SfSkinManager.SetTheme(this, new Theme() { ThemeName = "Office2013White" });
            Ribbon ribbon = new Ribbon();
            ribbon.VerticalAlignment = VerticalAlignment.Top;
            RibbonTab homeTab = new RibbonTab();
            homeTab.Caption = "Home";
            RibbonTab homeTab1 = new RibbonTab();
            homeTab1.Caption = "SEND/RCEIVE";
            RibbonTab homeTab2 = new RibbonTab();
            homeTab2.Caption = "FOLDER";
            RibbonTab homeTab3 = new RibbonTab();
            homeTab3.Caption = "VIEW";
            RibbonBar bar = new RibbonBar();
            bar.Width = 90;
            bar.Header = "New";
            RibbonButton button = new RibbonButton();
            button.Label = "NewEmail";
            button.SizeForm = SizeForm.Large;
            this.Content = ribbon;


Frequently Asked Questions

Syncfusion WPF Ribbon provides a ribbon window that overrides the default window and sets visual styles of ribbon window to different themes.

  • The Ribbon control is available in normal and simplified layouts.
  • Place frequently used items on the QuickAccessToolbar.
  • RibbonTab allows adding different tabs like Microsoft Outlook.
  • Use RibbonBar to structure the layouts.
  • Experience Ribbon’s improved version of button control, which is the RibbonButton.
  • Minimize and maximize the ribbon.
  • Keyboard navigation is made easy using KeyTips.
  • Place status bar items on the Ribbon status bar.
  • Simple configuration and API.
  • Touch friendly and responsive.
  • Extensive demos and documentation to learn quickly and get started with WPF Ribbon.

You can find our WPF Ribbon demo on

GitHub location.

App center location.

Microsoft location.

No, this is a commercial product and requires a paid license. However, a free community license is also available for companies and individuals whose organizations have less than $1 million USD in annual gross revenue, 5 or fewer developers, and 10 or fewer total employees.

A good place to start would be our comprehensive getting started documentation.

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