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The DevExpress WPF Ribbon Control is an Office-inspired component that replaces traditional toolbars and menus. Features such as galleries, a status bar, a specially designed ribbon window, a quick access toolbar, Aero window transparency, touch support and more allow you to fully replicate the user experience found in Microsoft Office.

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WPF - Ribbon - Overview

This section contains multiple survey documents that familiarize you with Ribbon Control terms, and outline its major concepts and features.

  • Overview

    Briefly explains major Ribbon Control capabilities and features, and enumerates all standalone controls that work together with the Ribbon Control to create the Office-inspired Ribbon UI.

  • Getting Started

    Guides you through all stages of creating and customizing the Ribbon Control, starting with dropping it onto an application window to tuning individual items.

  • Performance Enhancements

    Contains recommendations that help you to improve Ribbon Control performance.

  • Examples

    Contains various task-based examples.

Ribbon Structure

This section enumerates elements implemented by the Ribbon Control and its satellite components.

  • Ribbon Control

    This document will introduce you to all regions and elements that typically make up the Ribbon UI.

  • Page Categories and Contextual Pages

    Contains an overview of Ribbon Categories - the topmost objects that contain Ribbon Pages and affect their appearance.

  • Pages

    Ribbon Pages are displayed as tabs. Users can click these tabs to view different commands, editors and galleries.

  • Page Groups

    Each Ribbon Page can be structurally and visually split into multiple Page Groups. These groups are used to combine commands that have certain features in common.

  • Quick Access Toolbar

    The Ribbon Quick Access Toolbar is displayed above (or below) the Ribbon Control that is designed to provide users with one-click access to the most important and mostly used commands.

  • Ribbon Status Bar

    An element that is typically drawn at the bottom of a window and displays status information to users.

  • Integration With a Window

    Ribbon Control includes a perfect integration with the ThemedWindow control.

WPF - Ribbon Window

Explains how to populate your Page Groups, status and Quick Access toolbars with various types of elements - push buttons, static text blocks, editors, drop-down menus, galleries, etc.

  • Items and Links

    Ribbon Control shares the same ‘item - item link’ concept as traditional Bars. This document explains the difference between these types of objects.

  • The List of Bar Items and Links

    Enumerates all elements with which you can populate your Ribbon.

  • Ribbon Galleries

    Galleries display image lists within a Ribbon Control. Gallery items behave similarly to items in a regular menu: a click on a gallery item invokes a specific event, which you can handle to implement custom logic. For each gallery item, it’s also possible to display text descriptions. In addition, galleries support hover images and tooltips.

WPF - Ribbon - Items

Ribbon Menu

Different versions of Microsoft Office products come with different types of main Ribbon menus that include important application actions (for example, to create a new document or print data). The DevExpress Ribbon Control allows you to emulate these main menu types.

  • Application Button

    A button displayed at the top right corner of the window that invokes the required main menu.

  • Backstage View

    Emulates a menu seen in Microsoft Office products starting with Office 2010. Contains a main region that hosts regular commands and tabs, and a content region that displays the contents of the currently selected main region tab.

  • Application Menu

    An older version of a Ribbon main menu, seen in Microsoft products prior to Office 2010.

WPF - Ribbon - Menu


This section contains articles dedicated to individual Ribbon Control features.

  • Ribbon Styles

    The Ribbon Control has multiple embedded styles that affect its appearance and behavior. Each style allows you to emulate a specific version of the Microsoft Office Suite. Depending on the current ribbon style, the Ribbon may gain or lose specific features.

  • Appearance Customization

    This topic describes properties and techniques that you can use to customize Ribbon UI elements.

  • Simplified Mode

    The Ribbon Control’s Simplified Mode is an Office 2019-inspired single-line Ribbon mode.

    Ribbon Control Simplified Mode

    You can use Simplified mode in the Office2007, Office2010, and Office2019 ribbon styles.

  • Key Tips

    Key Tips are hints that appear for all page headers and bar item links when a user presses the ALT or F10 key. Each hint displays an associated key that should be pressed to select the related element or execute a command assigned to it.

  • Minimizing Ribbon

    Describes how to collapse a Ribbon Control, leaving only its Page headers visible.

  • MDI Ribbon Merging

    The Ribbon Merging feature allows you to move categories, pages, page groups and items from the child MDI Ribbon to the main form.

  • Runtime Customization

    The Ribbon Runtime Customization feature grants users the ability to customize the Ribbon layout as their needs dictate and save/load these customized layouts to/from an external storage.

  • MVVM Support

    A document that illustrates how to build a Ribbon UI following the MVVM architectural pattern.