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The new RibbonForm, RibbonRoundButton, and FastMenu

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A free version of RibbonForm, RibbonRoundButton, and RibbonFastMenu.

Screenshot - RibbonTest.png


In this article, I present the RibbonForm, RibbonRoundButton, and RibbonFastMenu as a release version. I present RibbonContextMenu as a preview version because I have to improve some parameters to work with it well.

The Controls

RibbonForm 1.0

Screenshot - RibbonForm.png

The RibbonForm was a bit difficult to design due to it being a modeless window, and I had to implement all the resizing and window moving by myself. Also, I had to implement a HSB method to change colors.


The RibbonForm has these properties:

  • CompB: To change the Brightness of the Form with a value that I recommend to get from the RibbonFormSample (see screenshot above).
  • CompS: To change the Saturation of the Form, the same as above.
  • CompH: To change the Hue of the Form, the same as above.
  • TextSection: It's the subtitle of the Form with the harmony color.

How to use

In a new Windows application, add an existing item from the Solution Explorer, and choose the RibbonForm.cs (it adds the other files needed). Now, in the Form1.cs code, change to this:

using RibbonStyle; //To add the NameSpace

namespace RibbonTest
    public partial class Form1 : RibbonForm //To inherit from RibbonForm
        public Form1()

RibbonRoundButton 1.0

Screenshot - RibbonRound.png

It was really hard to design a vectorial round button with fading, but I think it finished well.


The RibbonRoundButton has these properties:

  • ColorBase, ColorOn, ColorPress: The typical colors.
  • ColorStroke: Is the border of the button.
  • ImgOffset: You can move the image from topleft to rightdown.
  • ImgScale: You can scale the image from 1 to 100.

How to use

You can choose two options: as other buttons, you can add the DLL in Class_RibbonRoundButton, or you can add an existing item in the Solution Explorer and choose RibbonRoundButton.cs, then recompile and add the button to the Form.

RibbonFastMenu 1.0

It's the form that appears when you click on the MenuButton on the top-left. This Form has the typical app options.

I have to implement a SetHSB() method to change the colors, but it is functional.

How to use

In a Windows application, choose Add Existing Item, and select the RibbonFastMenu.cs. I recommend adding all the existing resources from the RibbonTest app to have all the images, and then you will have a Form like in the first image of the article.


I'm designing a better way to use the RibbonContextMenu because I think it's a bit difficult to use, but please be patient till I finish it.

Keep in mind

  • I have to add the SetHSB() method to the FastMenu.
  • Make a better way to implement the FastMenu.
  • Make a stable version of the RibbonContextMenu.


  • June 2007 - RibbonForm 1.0, RibbonFastMenu 1.0, RibbonRoundButton 1.0.


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


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Juan Pablo G.C.
Software Developer Expediteapps
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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
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 2 Pin
i0024-Jun-14 1:47
professional i0024-Jun-14 1:47 
GeneralRe: My vote of 2 Pin
Juan Pablo G.C.11-Jul-14 3:42
memberJuan Pablo G.C.11-Jul-14 3:42 
SuggestionForm Resize/Positioning Fix (modification) Pin
Someguydude30-Jun-12 5:59
memberSomeguydude30-Jun-12 5:59 
GeneralTidy up the code == Fix CPU utilisation Pin
seeblunt1-Sep-09 13:53
memberseeblunt1-Sep-09 13:53 
This is probably a good example of why not to use var and why you MUST dispose of graphics objects.
var confuses me! Not that I am stupid, just that explicit declaration allows easier reading the code and fixing BUGS.

Graphics objects are meant to be disposed.
When I sorted through the code of the RibbonButton and added using constructs, CPU utilisation which previously started at 0 but went to 12% after a mouseover was fixed so that it went back to zero and peaked at 3%.
(Rising sustained CPU utilisation is a hint that coding errors related to object disposing exist - Did not even need a profiler to guess this).

private void FillStroke(Graphics gr, int stroke, Color incolor)
Rectangle re = new Rectangle(stroke, stroke, Width - 2*stroke - regionoffset, Height - 2*stroke - regionoffset);
using (SolidBrush brush = new SolidBrush(incolor))
gr.FillEllipse(brush, re);

private void DrawStroke(Graphics gr, int stroke, Color incolor)
Rectangle re = new Rectangle(stroke, stroke, Width - 3*stroke - regionoffset, Height - 3*stroke - regionoffset);
using (Pen pen = new Pen(incolor, stroke))
gr.DrawEllipse(pen, re);

GeneralCPU 100% Pin
naami_siq22-Nov-08 23:00
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GeneralRe: CPU 100% Pin
kapil bhavsar26-Jun-09 1:37
memberkapil bhavsar26-Jun-09 1:37 
GeneralCPU 100% Pin
naami_siq22-Nov-08 22:57
membernaami_siq22-Nov-08 22:57 
GeneralA suggestion to improve the form Pin
javar9-Sep-08 20:34
memberjavar9-Sep-08 20:34 
GeneralFew problems in your implementation Pin
HawVie15-Apr-08 0:06
memberHawVie15-Apr-08 0:06 
GeneralRe: Few problems in your implementation Pin
Mark Rice11-Aug-08 8:26
memberMark Rice11-Aug-08 8:26 

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