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Overview

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 Ribbon control in simplified ribbon UI.

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 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.

WPF 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.

WPF 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.

WPF Ribbon control in touch UI.

Ribbon touch UI

The 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.

Ribbon button.

Ribbon button

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

Drop-down button.

Display menu items for selecting commands.

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.

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.

Ribbon ComboBox.

Ribbon ComboBox

Select items from a drop-down list.

Ribbon list box.

Ribbon list box

Display a list of items.

Ribbon radio button.

Ribbon radio button

Make a single selection from multiple options.

Ribbon check box.

Ribbon check box

Select one or multiple items.

Ribbon 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 items icon template.


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.


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 tab groups.


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 placement support.

WPF Ribbon backstage below tab 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 shows Office2007 application menu.


Ribbon resizing

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

WPF Ribbon control shows Office2007 application menu.


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 control merging MDI panel.


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 control merging MDI panel.

User customization

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

WPF Ribbon quick access toolbar items added.

QAT positioning

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

WPF Ribbon quick access toolbar items are added.

Add items to the QAT

Users can add frequently accessed commands to the QAT.

WPF Ribbon quick access toolbar items are customized.

Custom QAT

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

WPF Ribbon tab customization.

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 shows mini toolbar option.

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 shows mini toolbar option.

Ribbon status bar

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

WPF Ribbon shows mini toolbar option.

Launcher button

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

WPF Ribbon shows mini toolbar option.

Tab-panel item

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


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.

wpf ribbon keyboard accessibility



Tooltips

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

wpf 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.

wpf ribbon shows right to left direction rendering


Localization

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

wpf ribbon shows content based on culture


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