Create Custom Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbons with the New Visual Designer
in Visual Studio 2008
Provided by Dan Haught, Executive Vice President
With the release of Office 2007, the new Ribbon interface replaces the
old menu and toolbars approach. At release time, ribbons were a difficult
feature for developers because you had to rely on writing XML to modify or
create custom Ribbons. With the release of Visual Studio 2008, that has all
With the new release of Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) in Visual
Studio 2008, you can now use a visual designer to create your own custom
Ribbons in Microsoft Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, etc. These Ribbons are encapsulated as add-ins for each of the specific
Office 2007 products.
If you wanted to build your own custom Ribbons, but have held
back by the lack of a visual designer, take a look at Visual Studio 2008.
The visual designer is available under the New Project, Office, Office 2007
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