Microsoft introduced the Ribbon Interface with its Office 2007 release. Very soon, many developers (like, DevComponents’s WPF Ribbon Control and this CodeProject article) started developing their own controls.
Where do I get the Control?
To get your copy of the WPF Ribbon (along with its source code), visit here. Its a bit complex process (doh!) that you need to accept the Office UI License, which then will give you link to download the binary and source code.
How do I start developing?
To be frank, building a Ribbon needs good ground work. You need to:
- Understand the structure of the Ribbon and its components
- Have a good understanding on how your application is going to use the Ribbon
It isn’t Menus now, its all Tabs
Lets get started
First, you need to understand the components of the Ribbon. The ‘basic’ components include:
- Application Menu
- Quick Access ToolBar
Below is a more detailed diagram on the components which includes all the components
(Image Courtesy : MSDN)
You can read more about the above components and guidelines in this MSDN article
Any working Sample?
What about me? 😀
Here is a screenshot of what I built
Sample is only for demonstration and none of the ‘twitter functions’ work.
You can download my sample below: