The ToolStrip family of controls provides common interfaces for producing user interface elements for Windows Forms. Essential Tools has come up with ToolStripEx which, exhibits advanced features.


It is also possible to add ToolStripEx directly from the toolbox as it is also an individual control.

Style Settings

This section will discuss the style settings available for the ToolStripEx.

Border Settings

Property Description
BorderStyle Sets the border style for the control. The options are,None, Etched StaticEdge.
this.toolStripEx1.BorderStyle = ToolStripBorderStyle.Etched;
Me.toolStripEx1.BorderStyle = ToolStripBorderStyle.Etched


The below properties deals with the launcher settings.

Property Description
ShowLauncher Specifies the visibility of the Launcher in the control.
LauncherStyle Sets the Style for the launcher. The styles are,
this.toolStripEx1.ShowLauncher = true;

this.toolStripEx1.LauncherStyle = LauncherStyle.Office2007;
Me.toolStripEx1.ShowLauncher = True

Me.toolStripEx1.LauncherStyle = LauncherStyle.Office2007

Grip Style

The tool strip can hold a grip, which can be visible by setting the GripStyle property. We can enable GripStyle easily, using the smart tag of the ToolStripEx control.

Property Description
GripStyle Specifies whether or not to show the Gripper for the control. It can be hidden (default) or visible.
GripMargin Specifies the margin for the Gripper. Default is 2.
this.toolStripEx1.GripStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripGripStyle.Visible;

this.toolStripEx1.GripMargin = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(5);
Me.toolStripEx1.GripStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripGripStyle.Visible

Me.toolStripEx1.GripMargin = new System.Windows.Forms.Padding(5)

Appearance Settings


ToolStripEx now supports Office12 modes in Ribbon. The properties which applies this mode are as follows.

Property Description
Office12Mode When set to true, Office12Mode will be applied to the control.When set to false, Office2007 mode will be applied to the control. (Default)
RenderMode Specifies the painting style of the ToolStripEx. Options are, System, Professional ManagerRenderMode.(Default)


These properties can be easily set through Smart tag of the ToolStripEx. See SmartTag Options in DesignTime Features.

this.toolStripEx1.Office12Mode = true;

this.toolStripEx1.RenderMode = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripRenderMode.ManagerRenderMode;
Me.toolStripEx1.Office12Mode = True

Me.toolStripEx1.RenderMode = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripRenderMode.ManagerRenderMode

Office2007 Mode

Disabling the Office12Mode property will automatically give the Ribbon control, Office2007 look and feel.

Property Description
OfficeColorScheme Sets the office color schemes for the control. Blue, Black and Silver schemes can be applied.


This settings will overwrite the Panel.OfficeColorScheme property.

this.toolStripEx1.OfficeColorScheme = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolStripEx.ColorScheme.Silver;
Me.toolStripEx1.OfficeColorScheme = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Tools.ToolStripEx.ColorScheme.Silver

AutoSizing of ToolStripEx

By enabling the AutoSize property of ToolStripEx, the tool strip width will be resized automatically while adding controls to the tool strip in the designer.

Property Description
AutoSize Setting this to true, will automatically resize the tool strip as the controls gets added.
this.toolStripEx1.AutoSize = true;
Me.toolStripEx1.AutoSize = True

ToolStripEx Alignment

The ToolStripLayoutStyle property is used to specify the alignment for the ToolStripEx items. The following table lists the alignments of ToolStripEx.

Constraint Description
Flow Specifies that items flow horizontally or vertically as necessary. The Alignment property is ignored under this Layout Style.
HorizontalStackWithOverflow Specifies that items are laid out horizontally and overflow as necessary.
StackOverflow Specifies that items are laid out automatically.
Table Specifies that items are laid out flush left. Note: The Alignment property is ignored under this Layout Style.
VerticalStackWithOverflow Specifies that items are laid out vertically, are centered within the control, and overflow as necessary.

The default value for ToolStripLayoutStyle property is HorizontalStackWithOverflow.

The following code sample illustrates how to use the ToolStripLayoutStyle property.

this.toolStripEx1.LayoutStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripLayoutStyle.HorizontalStackWithOverflow;
Me.toolStripEx1.LayoutStyle = System.Windows.Forms.ToolStripLayoutStyle.HorizontalStackWithOverflow


We can show tooltips over the ToolStrip items, by enabling the ShowItemToolTips property.

this.toolStripEx2.ShowItemToolTips = true;
Me.toolStripEx2.ShowItemToolTips = True


ToolTip text for the ToolStrip items can be specified using the respective .TooltipText properties. Ex, toolStripGallery1.ToolTipText property sets the tooltip for gallery item.

DesignTime Features

Smart Tag

Smart Tag of the ToolStripEx opens the Task Windows which lets you to set some important properties easily.

  • Embed in ToolStripContainer - Lets you embed the ToolStrip in the ToolStripContainer.
  • Insert Standard Items - Inserts standard items into the control.
  • RenderMode - Lets you set the rendering mode.
  • Dock - Docks the control.
  • GripStyle - Sets the grip style for the control.
  • EditItems - Opens the Items Collection Editor.
  • Office12Mode - Enables or Disables the Office12Mode.

Context Menu

The context menu on a tool strip item provides advanced options which minimizes your time in customizing the ToolStrip container.

  • Set Image - This options lets you to modify the image for the particular tool strip item.
  • Enabled - Specifies whether the item is enabled or not.
  • Alignment - Aligns the item to Left or Right.
  • DisplayStyle - Specifies the display style, whether None, Image, Text or ImageAndText.
  • ConvertTo - Provides options to convert the select item to another item.

  • Insert - Lets you to insert ToolStripItems.
  • Select - Facilitates you to select a particular control.

Caption Settings

Caption for a ToolStripEx can be enabled using ShowCaption property. Text for the Caption is set using Text property.

this.toolStripEx1.ShowCaption = true;

this.toolStripEx1.Text = "Standard Items";
Me.toolStripEx1.ShowCaption = True

Me.toolStripEx1.Text = "Standard Items"

Customizing the Caption

The below properties lets you customize caption for the control.

Property Description
CaptionFont Sets the FontStyle for the caption.

CaptionTextStyle Sets the text style for the caption. The options are,
Plain, Etched Shadow.
CaptionAlignment Sets the alignment of the caption. The Alignment can be, Near Center Far.
CaptionStyle Specifies whether to align the caption text to the top or bottom of the ToolStripEx Default alignment is Top.
CaptionMinHeight Sets the minimum height for the caption.
this.toolStripEx1.CaptionFont = new Font("Verdana", 8);

this.toolStripEx1.CaptionTextStyle = CaptionTextStyle.Shadow;

this.toolStripEx1.CaptionAlignment = CaptionAlignment.Near;

this.toolStripEx1.CaptionStyle = CaptionStyle.Top;

this.ribbonControlAdv1.CaptionMinHeight = 20;
Me.toolStripEx1.CaptionFont = New Font("Verdana", 8)

Me.toolStripEx1.CaptionTextStyle = CaptionTextStyle.Shadow

Me.toolStripEx1.CaptionAlignment = CaptionAlignment.Near

Me.toolStripEx1.CaptionStyle = CaptionStyle.Top

Me.ribbonControlAdv1.CaptionMinHeight = 20

Grouping Items

ToolStripItems can be grouped inside a ToolStripEx using the GroupedButtons property.

this.toolStripEx1.GroupedButtons = true;
Me.toolStripEx1.GroupedButtons = True

Collapsed State Settings

When the ToolStripEx is collapsed at run time, it will collapse all the items and display a dropdown button like the image given below.

Instead of showing a blank ToolStripEx when collapsed, we can display a text and an image using the below properties.

Property Description
CollapsedDropDownButtonImage Gets/sets the image of the collapsed state drop down button.
CollapsedDropDownButtonText Gets/sets the text of the collapsed state drop down button.
this.toolStripEx1.CollapsedDropDownButtonImage = img;

this.toolStripEx1.CollapsedDropDownButtonText = "New";
Me.toolStripEx1.CollapsedDropDownButtonImage = img

Me.toolStripEx1.CollapsedDropDownButtonText = "New"

KeyBoard Shortcut

We can set keyboard shortcut keys for RibbonControl components using SetShortcut method. To get the keyboard shortcut for a particular component, use GetShortcut method.

Property Description
SetShortcut Sets shortcut key. The parameters are


- Component of the RibbonForm.


- Represents the shortcut key for the component specified.
GetShortcut Gets shortcut key. The parameter is,


- Component of the RibbonForm.
//Sets shortcut for toolstriptabitem1

this.SetShortcut(this.toolStripTabItem1, Keys.T);

//Gets shortcut for toolstriptabitem1

'Sets shortcut for toolstriptabitem1

Me.SetShortcut(Me.toolStripTabItem1, Keys.T)

'Gets shortcut for toolstriptabitem1




This event is raised when the launcher button is clicked.

private void toolStripEx1_LauncherClick(object sender, EventArgs e)


Form fontDialog = new Form2();


Private Sub toolStripEx1_LauncherClick(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs)

Dim fontDialog As Form = New Form2() 


End Sub