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An easy way to add a Ribbon Panel Office 2007 style

, 18 Apr 2007
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GNU code of RibbonPanel, free software for personal and nonlucrative use, for rest please contact me
Prize winner in Competition "Best C# article of Mar 2007"
Screenshot - overview.jpg

Introduction

A picture is worth a thousand words, well it was a really cute work at the end. Before explaining how to add it to your applications, I will show you the main features.

Features of RibbonStyle Namespace

  • RibbonButton: Transparency, Autosizable image, AutoForecolor, AutoInfoForm (see InfoForm, OnBackImage and ClickBackImage).
  • TabPanel: Transparency, BaseColor, BaseColorOn (Highlighted), Caption, Resizable.
  • TabStrip: Has inside:
    1. Tab: With Autowidth, BaseColor, HaloColor and Enable work.
    2. TabStripProffesionalRenderer: Controls the Tab Style (hard to work)
    3. TabStripPage: BaseColor, inherits my RibbonPanel.
    4. TabPageSwitcher: Controls the link between Tab and TabStripPage. Design functionality as the tabcontrol.
  • InfoForm (with Shadow): Depending on Title, Comment, and Image of Info.. Properties of RibbonButton resizes itself.

Using the controls

I hope that if you have understood the Features, the next will be easy for you.

  1. Make a new C# App.
  2. Add all the classes to your app.
  3. Now Rebuild the project.
  4. In the toolbox you will have many new controls:

    Screenshot - toolbox.jpg

  5. Now Add a Windows.Forms.Panel to the Form and dock to the top, adjust it like you want.
  6. Add the TabStrip inside the Panel.
  7. With the TabStripPageSwitcher you can add TabStrip. If you find it difficult to click on it, you can click in the properties window:
  8. Screenshot - tabpageswitcher.jpg

  9. With a TabStrip and some tabs and TabStrip pages, add TabPanels inside the TabStripPages (Check the TabPanel has BackColor.Transparent) . I recommend you to add a few of them to the form and copy and paste inside the tabStripPage (it is easy to dock them later). With the Tabpanels added, dock them to the left.
  10. Now add the RibbonButton inside the TabPanel, adjust its size and its images, copy and paste as you want and change the image. Don't worry about the text colors, they will be processed at runtime.
  11. If everything is ok and if you run it, you will see something like this (Azure Style):

    Screenshot - tabs.jpg

Creating your custom style

As you could see in the demo zip, it is possible to change the colors at runtime. Let's analyze the code. If you look at the Form1 code, there's a method SetStyle:

public void SetStyle(string Name)
{
    Color HaloColor = Color.White;
    switch (Name)
    {
        case "Dark":
        this.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(88,77,69);
        HaloColor = Color.FromArgb(200,200,200);
        SetBase(87,61,53,HaloColor);
    break;...

You find out that you have to change only three colors! I hope you find it useful. The rest are sum or subs from the color components. So to avoid color errors, I recommend taking a look at my other article which has a color selector, only for the basecolor, HaloColor is the brightness over the tabs and the Backcolor is for the form.

Points of Interest

I have to say that I use the base of CustomTabstrip for the part of tabstrip. I was annoyed with the tabcontrol and after looking for something, the best was to inherit from a ToolStrip.

There's a lot of code in the project and I have written this with a lot of effort. If you need an explanation of any part, please ask me. It's .NET 2.0 code I put in a Windows 2000 machine and it works really well in XP and Vista too.

To design a better software, please vote the value of the code for you and if you vote, please tell me the pros and cons.

History

  • 1.0: The first version of the control library.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

About the Author

Juan Pablo G.C.
Software Developer Expediteapps
Spain Spain
I'm Electronic Engineer, I did my end degree project at Astrophysical Institute and Tech Institute. I'm HP Procurve AIS and ASE ,Microsoft 3.5 MCTS
I live in Canary Islands ,developing customized solutions
 
I'm developing with WPF4, SL4 MVVM, MVC3 Razor and WP7 projects, more info at my websites. Improving with Android and IOS.
 
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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralRe: PRoblem i can import it to VS 2008 PinmemberMichalss8-Jan-10 22:18 
GeneralRe: PRoblem i can import it to VS 2008 Pinmembertom100211-Aug-10 4:34 
QuestionMissing components, anyone knows where they are to be found? Pinmembervirtually_void24-Nov-09 22:25 
AnswerRe: Missing components, anyone knows where they are to be found? PinmemberJaime Stuardo8-Jan-10 15:15 
GeneralRe: Missing components, anyone knows where they are to be found? Pinmemberkeyur_patel6-Apr-12 10:00 
Questioncan use in vb.net Pinmembershekaraluwala12-Nov-09 5:05 
GeneralIssue using ribbon in MDI child form Pinmemberenrico.carretti15-Oct-09 9:12 
Generalsome Child Form Color not changing Pinmembersujit992328-Sep-09 22:11 
Hi some Child Form Color not changing in my application Please Help me ........ also how to resize the info comment of the button.........
GeneralNice.... Pinmembergaferrero10-Sep-09 8:46 
GeneralLicence Pinmemberwoofie16-Jul-09 21:58 
GeneralRe: Licence PinmemberPaul Meems18-Oct-09 23:46 
GeneralNice! PinmemberGustavo Calonio8-Jul-09 1:33 
QuestionAdding to the toolbox [modified] cannot find assembly error: Pinmemberstixoffire24-Apr-09 0:47 
QuestionRe: Adding to the toolbox [modified] cannot find assembly error: Pinmemberstixoffire17-May-09 18:18 
GeneralA first chance exception of type 'System.ArgumentNullException' occurred in System.Drawing.dll Pinmemberfuzz00722-Apr-09 18:31 
QuestionHow can I convert this instruction in VB net? Pinmemberuastasi20-Apr-09 5:02 
AnswerRe: How can I convert this instruction in VB net? Pinmemberstixoffire20-Apr-09 18:04 
QuestionRe: How can I convert this instruction in VB net? Pinmemberuastasi20-Apr-09 21:23 
AnswerRe: How can I convert this instruction in VB net? Pinmemberstixoffire21-Apr-09 3:54 
AnswerRe: How can I convert this instruction in VB net? Pinmemberstixoffire21-Apr-09 4:00 
QuestionVB.Net version? PinmemberTim8w3-Apr-09 7:52 
Questionvb.net Pinmemberhackreet18-Feb-09 14:01 
GeneralPainting Problems PinmemberXaZaM18-Nov-08 8:53 
Generali found how to add the control to toolbox Pinmemberhyunki8522-Oct-08 2:25 
Questionhow disable tooltip? Pinmembervinycc116-Oct-08 10:22 

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