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Ribbon UI

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The Dashboard Designer's Ribbon toolbar provides two page categories.

  • Main pages
  • Contextual pages


The main pages include:

  • Home - contains common dashboard commands allowing you to create a new dashboard and add dashboard items, add a title, save the created dashboard, etc.;
  • Data Source - contains commands related to creating and editing data sources, calculated fields, etc.;
  • View - allows you to switch between built-in application themes.

Contextual pages contain commands related to a specific dashboard item. For instance, these commands allow you to apply filtering to dashboard item data, perform specific layout operations, etc.

Create a Ribbon at Design Time

Click the DashboardDesigner's smart tag to create and initialize a Ribbon at design time within Visual Studio:


Select Create Ribbon in the invoked context menu to add the following visual and non-visual components:

Customize a Ribbon at Design Time

To customize the RibbonControl, click its smart tag and choose Run Designer. To learn how to customize Ribbon items, the Quick Access Toolbar, a popup menu, etc., see the Ribbon Control Designer topic.

Update a Ribbon

If your application already contains a Ribbon (for instance, from the earlier version of the Dashboard Designer), you can select the Update Ribbon menu item to update it:


The Update Ribbon command from the smart tag menu updates all elements related to the default ribbon created by the Dashboard Designer. If you customize default elements in the Ribbon and then use the Update Ribbon command, apply the same customizations after updating has been finished.


If you are upgrading your project to another major release, you should update the Ribbon.

Customize a Ribbon in Code

To create and initialize a Ribbon in code, use the DashboardDesigner.CreateRibbon method.

You can obtain an instance of the RibbonControl using the following code.

using DevExpress.XtraBars.Ribbon;
RibbonControl ribbon = dashboardDesigner.MenuManager as RibbonControl;

Member Table

The Dashboard Designer's Ribbon contains the following elements.


The table below lists these elements and their descriptions, as well as properties that affect element functionality and appearance.



Ribbon API

Quick Access Toolbar

Provides access to the most important and frequently used features in the Dashboard Designer.



Application Button

Provides access to the Dashboard Designer's main menu.



Main pages

Contain common dashboard commands.


Page Category

Combines pages related to a particular dashboard item.


Contextual pages

Contain commands related to a particular dashboard item.


Page Groups

Represent groups of bar item links within a Ribbon Page.



Bar Item links

Visual elements (command buttons, editors, submenus, static text, etc.) displayed within the Ribbon. A Bar Item link refers to a specific bar item.



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