Dmitry Kostochko

Video HowTo: Customize Fluent Ribbon UI in Outlook 2007 Inspectors (VB.NET)

Most of Office 2007 applications have the Fluent Ribbon UI. Today we will explore the most popular methods of customizing this part of the user interface on example of Outlook 2007 Inspectors.

Well, the first and simplest way is to create or add a custom ribbon tab. In this case, you can populate it with your own controls alongside with some of the Ribbon elements like groups, buttons, etc. Another way is adding your controls to the existing ribbon tab. A third way (not covered by this visual howto) is hiding all standard ribbon tabs and showing only your own ones to the user.

Now let’s see how this can be done:

This sample video was captured in Visual Studio 2008 (VB.NET) with Add-in Express 2009 for Office and .net.

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