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The new RibbonForm, RibbonRoundButton, and FastMenu

, 3 Jun 2007 CPOL
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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.
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 2 Pinprofessional i0024-Jun-14 2:47 
GeneralRe: My vote of 2 PinmemberJuan Pablo G.C.11-Jul-14 4:42 
SuggestionForm Resize/Positioning Fix (modification) PinmemberSomeguydude30-Jun-12 6:59 
GeneralTidy up the code == Fix CPU utilisation Pinmemberseeblunt1-Sep-09 14:53 
GeneralCPU 100% Pinmembernaami_siq23-Nov-08 0:00 
GeneralRe: CPU 100% Pinmemberkapil bhavsar26-Jun-09 2:37 
GeneralCPU 100% Pinmembernaami_siq22-Nov-08 23:57 
GeneralA suggestion to improve the form Pinmemberjavar9-Sep-08 21:34 
GeneralFew problems in your implementation PinmemberHawVie15-Apr-08 1:06 
GeneralRe: Few problems in your implementation PinmemberMark Rice11-Aug-08 9:26 
GeneralGenerating code for alt colour PinmemberDerek Bartram29-Jan-08 21:20 
GeneralComments Pinmemberderek_bartram29-Jan-08 14:52 
GeneralFormBorder style PinmemberCrusty Applesniffer2-Jan-08 6:51 
GeneralBug in RibbonColor [modified] PinmemberThe_Mega_ZZTer17-Aug-07 9:19 
GeneralRe: Bug in RibbonColor Pinmemberflash.tato27-Dec-07 5:48 
General100% cpu power PinmemberRoey C4-Aug-07 8:19 
Questionhow would you do this with other components PinmemberMartyK20073-Aug-07 4:00 
NewsGreat job! But I have s small question: PinmemberLe.Wang1-Aug-07 4:01 
GeneralGREAT JOB! PinmemberSniper16720-Jul-07 11:33 
GeneralRe: GREAT JOB! PinmemberJuan Pablo G.C.21-Jul-07 23:54 
QuestionIs it just me or is this unusable right now? PinmembereeMarcoK28-Jun-07 22:18 
GeneralProblem in Resize with 2 monitors... PinmemberPakT25-Jun-07 7:08 
GeneralThanks! Pinmemberhoana200714-Jun-07 1:42 
GeneralDisposing of graphics objects Pinmemberrazzielx7-Jun-07 10:41 
GeneralGreat job Pinmemberraymond.chen20085-Jun-07 16:33 

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