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BackstageView Control

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The BackstageViewControl emulates the main application menu in Ribbon-based Office 2010 (and newer) applications. You can also use the Backstage View separately from a RibbonControl to implement a multi-level navigation control.

Ribbon - BSV - Overview

The Backstage View supports DirectX Hardware Acceleration to ensure smoother and memory-efficient animations, especially on high-resolution displays. You can enable DirectX in the Project Settings.

Create a Backstage View

In a Ribbon’s smart tag menu, click Add Backstage View to create a Backstage View and associate it with the Ribbon.

Ribbon 17 - Add Backstage From Smart Tag

You can also drop the BackstageViewControl item from Visual Studio’s Toolbox window (the Navigation & Layout section) onto your form and assign it to the RibbonControl.ApplicationButtonDropDownControl property.

Ribbon - BSV - Assign to Ribbon

To hide/display the Backstage View at design time, use the Hide in DesignTime / Show BackStageView commands in the smart tag menu.

Backstage View Styles

A Backstage View synchronizes its style with the parent Ribbon’s style. It supports the Office 2010 and Office 2013 styles.

The table below compares styles.

Office 2010

Office 2013

Related Ribbon styles

(see RibbonControl.RibbonStyle)






Size and position

Leaves the Quick Access Toolbar and page headers visible.

Covers the entire parent form.

Back button



Additional Features

The Image and ShowImage properties — allow you to modify or remove the background image displayed at the Backstage View’s bottom right corner.

The BackstageViewShowRibbonItems property — specifies whether to display the Ribbon’s buttons and page header items when the Backstage View is open. This feature requires any Office 2013 DevExpress Skin.

The Office2013StyleOptions property — specifies animation and offset settings of a Backstage View.

To obtain or set a Backstage View’s style in code, use the Style property.

Regions and Items in a Backstage View

A Backstage View consists of the main region on the left and a content region on the right. You can display the following items in the main region:

Ribbon 17 - Backstage Animation

To populate a Backstage View with items at design time, use corresponding commands in the smart tag menu.

Ribbon - BSV - Add Items

In code, you can modify the BackstageViewControl.Items collection.

BackstageViewButtonItem button1 = new BackstageViewButtonItem() {
    Caption = "Save",
    Glyph = DevExpress.Images.ImageResourceCache.Default.GetImage("office2013/save/save_32x32.png")
BackstageViewTabItem tab1 = new BackstageViewTabItem() {
    Caption = "Save As...",
    Glyph = DevExpress.Images.ImageResourceCache.Default.GetImage("office2013/save/saveas_32x32.png")
backstageViewControl1.Items.Insert(1, new BackstageViewItemSeparator());


Drop one of the following controls from Visual Studio’s Toolbox window onto a Tab to specify its content:

  • A UserControl descendant — a custom control that contains any other controls: buttons, editors, labels, etc.

  • The RecentItemControl — a predefined control that contains specialized elements: regular and pin buttons, labels, hyperlinks, and so on. You can also use this control to create a complex 3-tier Backstage View. See the following help topic for more information: Recent Item Control.

    Recent Item Control

  • Another BackstageViewControl — use nested Backstage Views to create multi-level navigation menus. See the following help topic for more information: How to: Create a multi-level BackstageView Control.

    Multi-Level Backstage View


    You can also use nested Backstage Views as a side navigation control that is separate from the Ribbon.

BackstageViewTabItem uses BackstageViewClientControl to display content. A BackstageViewClientControl is automatically created when you add a Tab to a Backstage View at design time.

If you create a Backstage View in code, use the BackstageViewTabItem.ContentControl property to access the BackstageViewClientControl. To add a content to a Tab, use the BackstageViewClientControl‘s Controls property. The sample below adds a user control to a Tab.

saveAllTabItem.ContentControl.Controls.Add(new SaveAllUserControl());