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Easily Add a Ribbon into a WinForms Application

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Easily add a ribbon to a WinForms application

Style 2007

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Style 2010

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Style 2013

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The ribbon that is going to be used in this article is an open source project created by Jose Menendez Poo. However, the original author of the ribbon has stopped support of it. A group of fans of this ribbon re-host and continue to develop/enhance and support the ribbon.

The original ribbon creator has posted an article explaining what this ribbon is all about at [A Professional Ribbon You Will Use (Now with orb!)]. However, that article doesn't describe how to use it in your project. Therefore, this article will show how to use it.

How to Use this Ribbon Control

The ribbon class library can be added via Nuget. Right click your project and go to "Manage Nuget Packages..."

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Search "RibbonWinForms" and install the nuget package.

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Drag the ribbon control into the form.

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Click "Add Tab".

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Click "Add Panel".

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Showing the commands of the "Panel":

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Click the command and add the controls you want.

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Changing the icon and button text label.

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Adding the "Click" event.

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Type the commands that you wish to do in the event block.

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Now, try run the application.

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Example of using RibbonForm style.

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Replace the inheritance of "Form":

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to "RibbonForm".

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Some behaviour of "RibbonForm" might not be working properly in some unknown circumstances. We recommended that you to perform the test in your environment before delivering your application into production.

Alternative Ribbon Control

Windows Ribbon Framework 
Support Windows 7 onwards

Krypton WinForms components for .NET


Windows Ribbon for WinForms

Ribbon by Juan Pablo G.C.


  • 8th August, 2019: Publish Nuget Package, several bug fixes
  • 12th April, 2012: Initial version


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL)


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Jose Menendez

- I've been programming Windows and Web apps since 1997.
- My greatest concern nowadays is product, user interface, and usability.

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Michael Spradlin
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Lead Software Engineer on a paperless office / workflow system. I specialize in building custom user controls and components that are using in my everyday software. I've also worked with Neural Networks for character recognition on documents in my paperless office software.

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QuestionNot showing on Toolbox Pin
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QuestionHow to programmatically change to specific Tab? Pin
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QuestionRibbon is not showing in the toolbox. Pin
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AnswerRe: Ribbon is not showing in the toolbox. Pin
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SuggestionAnother Winforms Ribbon option. Pin
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QuestionVery nice example for ribbon menu Pin
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Praiseyour work is ingenious... Pin
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QuestionBlue window border when containing Form inherits from Ribbon instead of inheriting from Form and Black Tab names background when changing orb style at runtime Pin
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GeneralThanks for your excellent control Pin
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QuestionFrom where to get System.Windows.Forms.Ribbon35.dll Pin
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