Working with Ribbon in Windows Forms Ribbon (RibbonControlAdv)
29 Apr 2021 / 8 minutes to read
Ribbon state specifies whether the ribbon is in maximized or in minimized state, minimized state collapses the ribbon and provides more space and only tab names will appear.
Auto hide is a state in ribbon in which the ribbon waits for a click, ribbon won’t minimize if the click happens inside the ribbon, if the click happens outside, the ribbon will minimize automatically.
- Maximized State
- Minimized State
State change through display option button
Ribbon state can be changed by using the Ribbon display option button, which is present at the right top of the window.
The visibility of this option button can be changed by using a Boolean property
this.ribbonControlAdv1.ShowRibbonDisplayOptionButton = true;
Me.ribbonControlAdv1.ShowRibbonDisplayOptionButton = True
State change through property DisplayOption
|AutoHide||Hide the Ribbon. Click at the top of the Ribbon to show it.|
|ShowTabs||Show Ribbon tabs only. Click a tab to show the commands.|
|ShowTabsAndCommands||Show Ribbon Tabs and Command all the time.|
The following code example illustrates how to set
DisplayOption for the RibbonControlAdv.
this.ribbonControlAdv1.DisplayOption = RibbonDisplayOption.ShowTabsAndCommands;
Me.ribbonControlAdv1.DisplayOption = RibbonDisplayOption.ShowTabsAndCommands
This property can be used to change the state of the Ribbon at the startup of application by setting in the Form Load.
State change in double click
Ribbon state can be changed by double clicking on any of the ToolStripTabItem, this will minimize the ribbon if ribbon is in maximized state and vice versa.
If single click on the Tab item, the ribbon will enter Auto Hide state.
State change through minimize button
Ribbon can be minimized by clicking on the minimize button at the right end of the ribbon and visibility of the minimize button can be changed by using the property
this.ribbonControlAdv1.ShowMinimizeButton = true;
Me.ribbonControlAdv1.ShowMinimizeButton = True
State change through ContextMenu
Ribbon state can also be changed through an option in context menu.
Open the context menu with right click on
ToolStripTabItem and select the option
Collapse the Ribbon which minimizes the ribbon.
Display option changed event
RibbonControlAdv.DisplayOptionChanged event occurs when
DisplayOption property is changed in RibbonControlAdv. This event receives two arguments namely sender that handles RibbonControlAdv and
DisplayOptionChangedEventArgs as objects.
DisplayOptionChangedEventArgs object contains the following properties:
NewValue- Gets the new
RibbonDisplayOptionvalue assigned to the RibbonControlAdv.
OldValue- Gets the old
RibbonDisplayOptionvalue of the RibbonControlAdv.
Options Available in Ribbon ContextMenu
ContextMenu can be opened with right click on the
Add to Quick Access Toolbar (This option will be available only with right click on
ToolStripItem) – Adds that respective item to the Quick Access Toolbar.
Customize Quick Access ToolBar – Clicking the option will open the Customize Quick Access Toolbar Editor dialog which lets you do the following.
- Add new items,
- Remove the existing items or
- Change the order of the items
Show Quick Access Toolbar Below the Ribbon (or) Show Quick Access Toolbar Above the Ribbon – Allows to change the location of QAT.
Customize the Ribbon – RibbonControlAdv Tab and TabItems can be customized in run time using Ribbon Customization window.
Clicking the option will open the Customize Ribbon Editor dialog which lets you do the following.
- Add new ToolStripTabItem to the Ribbon.
- Rename existing ToolStripTabItem.
- Reordering of the ToolStripTabItem.
- Adding panel items to the ToolStripTabItem.
- Collapse the Ribbon – If the ribbon is in maximized state this option will minimize the ribbon.
Ribbon Items size
Sizeproperty can be used to set the height and width of the item.
AutoSizeproperty (please refer
AutoSizeproperty of ToolStripDropDownButton), when this property value is true, changing the item size manually will not work.
Marginproperty is used to set the space around the control that keeps other controls a specified distance from the control’s borders.
Paddingproperty is used to set the space in the interior of a control that keeps the control’s content (for example, the value of its Text property) a specified distance from the control’s borders.
Ribbon Resize behavior
By default, the ribbon control dynamically resizes as width of the window decreases, when the windows border touches the last placed ToolStripEx, the total ToolStripEx will be converted into a dropdown button and the items can be accessed by clicking on that dropdown arrow.
Same behavior will be continued to every ToolStripEx while minimized continuously.
Again, the ToolStripEx will be visible if the spacing between window border and ToolStripEx has enough space to allocate all the items in that ToolStripEx.
This behavior can be changed with the ribbon property
CollapseBehavior change the property to 2010, while minimizing, the items in the toolstrip will be converted into small buttons and will be converted to extra small buttons and then finally the toolstrip will be converted to dropdown button.
this.ribbonControlAdv1.CollapseBehavior = CollapseBehavior.Office2010 ;
Me.ribbonControlAdv1.CollapseBehavior = CollapseBehavior.Office2010
ToolStripItem image support based on its display size
CollapseBehavior enumeration property to
Office2010, initially the items inside the toolstrip will be reduced to small sized buttons. On further re-sizing, the items inside the toolstrip will be reduced to extra small sized buttons and finally the toolstrip will appear like a dropdown button. In-order to maintain the image quality, we support different sized images for different mode (large and small). Please follow the below steps to achieve the same.
- Create an instance for the
ToolStripExImageProviderwhich provides the image list for ToolStripItems.
//To add the images based on size mode. ToolStripExImageProvider toolStripExImageProvider = new ToolStripExImageProvider(toolStripEx1);
Dim toolStripExImageProvider As ToolStripExImageProvider = New ToolStripExImageProvider(toolStripEx1)
ImageListAdvfor large and small image list, which holds the images.
//Assigning large and small image list for the ToolStripExImageProvider. toolStripExImageProvider.LargeImageList = imageListAdv1; toolStripExImageProvider.SmallImageList = imageListAdv2;
toolStripExImageProvider.LargeImageList = imageListAdv1 toolStripExImageProvider.SmallImageList = imageListAdv2
- Based on the large and small image list index, images will be assigned to ToolStripItems.
//To add the small icon for ToolStripItem toolStripExImageProvider.SetSmallItemImage(this.toolStripButton1, 1); //To add the large icon for ToolStripItem toolStripExImageProvider.SetLargeItemImage(this.toolStripButton1, 1);
toolStripExImageProvider.SetSmallItemImage(Me.toolStripButton1, 1) toolStripExImageProvider.SetLargeItemImage(Me.toolStripButton1, 1)
Access Launcher Button
Set the property
ShowLauncher of that ToolStripEx as true to access the launcher button at the corner of the ToolStripEx.
Hide Launcher Button
Launcher button for ToolStripEx can be hidden by changing the value of the property
ShowLauncher as false.
//This will hide the launcher this.ribbonControlAdv1.ShowLauncher = false;
Me.ribbonControlAdv1.ShowLauncher = False
Essential Tools has come up with
StatusStripEx control which can be added to the bottom of the Ribbon. It can hold controls like TrackBarEx, ProgressBar, StatusStripButtons, and so on.
Ribbon default Shortcut
A default shortcut key is available to change the state of the ribbon. Press (Ctrl + F1) to minimize or maximize the ribbon.
This Shortcut key can be disabled by changing the
EnableRibbonStateAccelerator property as false.
this.ribbonControlAdv1.EnableRibbonStateAccelerator = false;
Me.ribbonControlAdv1.EnableRibbonStateAccelerator = False
Enable Classic Style
Aero theme is used for classic style and appearance to the Ribbon form. It can be enabled by making the property
EnableAeroTheme of the form as true.
//Enables Aero theme this.EnableAeroTheme = true;
Me.EnableAeroTheme = True