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Ribbon Control

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The RibbonControl is the main part of the Ribbon UI, designed to replace the toolbars and menus with tabbed pages. Each page contains various elements (buttons, sub-menus, in-place editors, galleries, etc.) that are combined into one or multiple groups.

Ribbon Window

The Ribbon Control is usually placed at the top of a window. We recommend that you use the ThemedWindow which supports integration with the Ribbon Control instead of the Window class.


Ribbon Control Elements

Visually, the Ribbon Control consists of the following regions.

  • Command Region - Displays various bar items (buttons, sub-menus, in-place editors, galleries, etc.) that are combined into groups and pages.
  • Quick Access Toolbar - Displays frequently used commands. End-users can add commands to this bar at runtime using a context menu.
  • Application Button - Used to provide a menu for the application.

In addition, you can create a Ribbon Status Bar at the bottom of the window. This bar is painted to concur with the RibbonControl’s look and feel. You can add commands to this status bar, aligning them to the bar’s left and right edges.


Structurally, a RibbonControl consists of page categories, which are containers of ribbon pages. There are two types of page categories:

  • Default Page Category - It is designed to display default pages, which are typically always visible during application runtime. Unlike a custom category, the default category does not support a caption. The default page is never visible, only its contents are displayed. In the image above, the Home and Settings pages belong to the default page category.
  • Custom Page Category - This category is designed to implement contextual ribbon pages, which can be temporarily made visible according to some logic. Captions are displayed for custom page categories. In addition, custom page categories and category pages’ headers are painted in a different manner than the default page headers. See Ribbon Page Categories and Contextual Pages to learn more.

A page category contains pages as children, which are represented as tabs. An end-user can click a tab to access the commands displayed in it.

Ribbon pages consist of page groups. These visually divide all bar items into logical groups within each tab.

For details on each individual ribbon element, see the corresponding topics.

Ribbon Layout

The Ribbon Control provides a smart layout that maximally uses available space to display as much information as possible (items, captions, etc.). For instance, if a page has been stretched and has no place to display all available items, it automatically becomes a drop button, which can display sub-items within a drop down panel.


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.


Follow the steps below to enable Simplified mode:

  1. Set the AllowSimplifiedRibbon property to true.
  2. Click the Ribbon minimization button or set the IsSimplified property to true.

The following code snippet enables the Ribbon’s Simplified mode:

<dx:ThemedWindow x:Class="SimplifiedRibbon.MainWindow"
    <dxr:RibbonControl RibbonStyle="Office2019" AllowSimplifiedRibbon="True" IsSimplified="True">

Simplified Mode Glyphs

The Simplified Ribbon uses a 20x20 pixel glyph size. You can define it with the BarItem.MediumGlyph property. If you do not have 20x20 size glyphs, you can still use the classic 16x16 pixel size.

Ribbon Items Location

Ribbon Control provides the SimplifiedModeSettings.Location attached property, which enables you to specify the ribbon item location.

The following code snippet displays the Open ribbon item only in the Simplified mode:

<dx:ThemedWindow x:Class="SimplifiedRibbon.MainWindow"
    <dxr:RibbonControl RibbonStyle="Office2019">
            <dxr:RibbonPage Caption="Home">
                <dxr:RibbonPageGroup Caption="File">
                    <dxb:BarButtonItem x:Name="biOpen" Content="Open"

Ribbon Style

The Ribbon Control supports different paint styles (e.g., Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2010, and Microsoft Office 2019). You can choose a paint style using the RibbonControl.RibbonStyle property.


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