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Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) – Ribbon Designer

The latest version of Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) is the Ribbon Designer.  The Ribbon Designer makes it easy to customize the Ribbon in your Office applications.  In VSTO 2005 SE, you could add a Ribbon Item to your project but most of the work was done manually via XML.

In VSTO "Orcas" (Beta 2 is the current latest version) there is a designer that lets you customize the Ribbon in the same way you’d customize a Windows Form. This means you can simply drag and drop controls from the Visual Studio toolbox onto the designer. You can then set properties of the controls, and write code in the event handler of the control. Now this is cool !

I will have to have a play with this stuff in more detail in the next few weeks.  In the mean time if you are interested then you probably should get a hold of the tools and give it a go.  I’m currently using DevExpress ( http://www.devexpress.com ) XtraBars Ribbon Control within a Windows Application at the moment but it will be good to see how they both compare.

Yellow Duck Guy
Greg Olsen

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