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RibbonControl.Manager Property

Gets the Ribbon BarManager.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraBars.Ribbon

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraBars.v19.1.dll


public virtual RibbonBarManager Manager { get; }

Property Value

Type Description

A DevExpress.XtraBars.Ribbon.RibbonBarManager object that represents the Ribbon BarManager.


Generally you will need this property when creating bar items using their constructors that have a manager parameter. Pass the object specified by the Manager property as the manager parameter. In this instance, the created bar item will be automatically added to the RibbonControl.Items collection. See the RibbonControl.Items topic for more information.


This example demonstrates how to create a RibbonControl with one page (“Home”) and two page groups (“File” and “File 2”).


Ribbon commands are called bar items, as they are all derived from the BarItem class. This example creates three bar items - the Open, Close and Print buttons, encapsulated by the BarButtonItem objects. The Close and Print buttons are only added to the first group, while the Open button is added to both of the groups.

When bar items are created in code, ensure the following:

  1. All bar items are added to the RibbonControl.Items collection.

    This example demonstrates three ways of creating bar items while adding them to the RibbonControl.Items collection.

  2. All bar items have their BarItem.Id properties initialized to unique values. This ensures correct functioning of the bar item (de)serialization mechanism.

    The BarItem.Id properties can be initialized with the BarManager.GetNewItemId method accessible from the RibbonControl.Manager object. See the code below.

using DevExpress.XtraBars.Ribbon;
using DevExpress.XtraBars;

// Create a RibbonControl
RibbonControl ribbon = new RibbonControl();
// Assign the image collection that will provide images for bar items.
ribbon.Images = imageCollection1;

// Create a Ribbon page.
RibbonPage page1 = new RibbonPage("Home");
// Create a Ribbon page group.
RibbonPageGroup group1 = new RibbonPageGroup("File");
// Create another Ribbon page group.
RibbonPageGroup group2 = new RibbonPageGroup("File 2");

// Create a button item using the CreateButton method.
// The created item is automatically added to the item collection of the RibbonControl.
BarButtonItem itemOpen = ribbon.Items.CreateButton("Open...");
itemOpen.ImageIndex = 0;
itemOpen.Id = ribbon.Manager.GetNewItemId(); //Ensures correct runtime layout (de)serialization.
itemOpen.ItemClick += new ItemClickEventHandler(itemOpen_ItemClick);

// Create a button item using its constructor.
// The constructor automatically adds the created item to the RibbonControl's item collection.
BarButtonItem itemClose = new BarButtonItem(ribbon.Manager, "Close");
itemClose.ImageIndex = 1;
itemClose.Id = ribbon.Manager.GetNewItemId(); //Ensures correct runtime layout (de)serialization.
itemClose.ItemClick += new ItemClickEventHandler(itemClose_ItemClick);

// Create a button item using the default constructor.
BarButtonItem itemPrint = new BarButtonItem();
// Manually add the created item to the item collection of the RibbonControl.
itemPrint.Caption = "Print";
itemPrint.ImageIndex = 2;
itemPrint.Id = ribbon.Manager.GetNewItemId(); //Ensures correct runtime layout (de)serialization.
itemPrint.ItemClick += new ItemClickEventHandler(itemPrint_ItemClick);

// Add the created items to the group using the AddRange method. 
// This method will create bar item links for the items and then add the links to the group.
group1.ItemLinks.AddRange(new BarItem[] { itemOpen, itemClose, itemPrint });
// Add the Open bar item to the second group.
// Add the created groups to the page.
// Add the page to the RibbonControl.

void itemPrint_ItemClick(object sender, ItemClickEventArgs e) {

void itemClose_ItemClick(object sender, ItemClickEventArgs e) {

void itemOpen_ItemClick(object sender, ItemClickEventArgs e) {
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