Windows Ribbon for WinForms v2.6 Released

November 8, 2010


The Windows Ribbon for WinForms is a ribbon control designed to be used with WinForms applications.

Yea, I know, WinForms is so last year, but it turns out people still use it and keep asking for features and bug fixes..

Anyway, it is a managed wrapper around Windows Ribbon Framework, provided by Microsoft in Windows 7 and Vista.
More details on this project can be found in the project site: .

So, what’s new?

  • Simplified use for the Ribbon control.
    Simply drag and drop the ribbon control into your form and you’re good to go.
    no implementing IRibbonForm, no handling sizing, no calls to InitFramework and DestroyFramework.
  • Localization support added
  • Solution updated to .NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010
  • RibbonGenerator custom tool added
  • Added ability to specify keyboard shortcuts in XML format
  • and a few bugs where solved (specifically, the one with the galleries)

What About the Samples?

All of the 18 samples have been updated to use the new infrastructure.

Not only that, there is a new sample, “19-Localization”, that shows how to use the new localization support with the ribbon control.

You can find more details on the localization support and RibbonGenerator custom tool in this article on CodeProject.

Anything else you should know?

Just make sure you have compiled and installed RibbonGenerator. A setup project is part of the package. This is required for the generation of the ribbon DLLs.


I would like to thank Bernhard Elbl for his great contribution to the project. Bernhard is now part of the project development team on codeplex.

That’s it for now,
Arik Poznanski.

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  1. aNovember 11, 2010 ב 09:43

    Why not provide Ribbon DLLs directly?

  2. StanNovember 18, 2010 ב 20:17

    Many thanks Arik for your help in creating applications. Very well job. But I can not find information about the textbox. How I could put textbox on the ribbon?

  3. arikNovember 19, 2010 ב 00:36

    Unfortunately, the Windows Ribbon Framework (which my wrapper depends on) doesn’t support a TextBox in the ribbon.

  4. Angel Gabriel Valdés SarduyFebruary 9, 2011 ב 23:02

    Arik, I have develop an application width your wrapper and it works for Windows XP, Vista and Seven, just loading all ribbon (Win 7 and Vista) and MenuStrip in Windows XP from the file RibbonMarkup.xml. And all that thanks to you. Your library is amazing. Thanks a lot!!!!!!

    You are an inspiration for us.

  5. Sedat BayramJune 4, 2011 ב 01:32

    Ribbon Framework v2.5 was developed on how to update an application on v2.6? Thanks.