The Office User Experience

Office-inspired interfaces your way

With unmatched design/runtime options, our WinForms Ribbon control allows you to emulate the Microsoft Office end-user experience within your WinForms project with absolute ease.

From Office 2007 to Office 2019 and everything in between, the Ribbon control supports all available Office styles so you can incorporate the look, feel, and capabilities of the version of Microsoft Office used within your enterprise.

Our Windows Forms Ribbon also supports the following UI metaphors:

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Office UI - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress
Tablet Office UI - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Quick Access. Mini Toolbar. Status Bar

Important commands at user's fingertips

The Ribbon ships with a Quick Access Toolbar - a customizable UI element designed to provide one-click access to the most important parts of your application. You can control its display location with a single property and offer uses the option to customize toolbar items/commands.

Use our Mini/Popup Toolbar and Status Bar reproduce the functionality found in Microsoft Office apps like Word and Excel.

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Quick Access and Mini Toolbars - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Backstage View

A better file menu

Introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 as part of the Office Fluent UI, the Backstage View offers powerful navigation options and DevExpress Ribbon Control fully supports all behaviors end-users have come to expect from Microsoft Office.

Our WinForms Recent Item Control is a standalone component that extends the Backstage View with a comprehensive set of UI elements (buttons, tabs, pin items, hyperlinks, etc.), which when used together, help you reproduce Microsoft's multi-level main menu with ease.

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DevExpress helped us to develop an enterprise-ready labour management solution with Winforms and ASP.NET modules. The DevExpress Support Team exhibits a high level of understanding and professionalism. Geoffrey Jones
Backstage View - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Complete Command Set

Everything your app will need

Display what you need within your Ribbon UI or the Quick Access Toolbar. DevExpress Ribbon control ships with a variety of commands or what we call Ribbon item types including: buttons, dropdown buttons, check buttons, links, lists, toggle switches, static and header items, submenus, radio groups, and Ribbon galleries.

In addition to the command items above, you can also incorporate individual data editors (such as a dropdown calendar) that ship inside our WinForms Data Editors Library.

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Rich Commands - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Standard & Contextual Tabs

Organize context-specific commands/functions

Create Contextual Tabs just like those found in Microsoft Office. These pages can display context-specific commands, and as such, they don't need to be visible all the time (they are displayed only when a specific object is selected or when an end-user performs a specific action).

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Contextual Tabs - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

WinForms Themes and Application Skins

Over 50 Custom Themes Designed to Amaze

You can specify a theme when you ship your app or allow end-user to modify the look and feel of your WinForms application on the fly. And yes, you can even customize our pre-built application skins/themes with the free DevExpress WinForms Skin‑Theme Editor. The following are a few of the skins/themes included in our distribution.

Basic Vector Skin - Pine Light Palette | DevExpress

Basic Vector

Pine Light Palette

Office 2019 Colorful Skin - Default Palette | DevExpress

Office 2019 Colorful

Default Palette

WXI - Calmness Palette | DevExpress


Calmness Palette

Office 2019 Black Skin - Forest Palette | DevExpress

Office 2019 Black

Forest Palette

Ribbon Galleries

Intuitive image layout and item selection

Gallery items behave much like items in a standard menu: a click on a gallery item invokes a specific event, which you can handle to implement custom logic. For utmost flexibility, Galleries support hover images, tooltips, and text descriptions. The Ribbon supports In-Ribbon and Dropdown Galleries.

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Ribbon Galleries - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

MDI Ribbon Merge

Automatic menu merging for MDI applications

Similar to standard Toolbars, you can merge individual Ribbon items within MDI applications. As you'd expect, our integrated WinForms Ribbon MDI merging option allows child MDI form commands to be merged onto the main form's Ribbon and Status Bar.

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Interactive UX - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Customization Made Easy

A refined design-time experience

With its powerful Visual Studio IDE designer and intuitive customization interface, DevExpress Ribbon makes configuration a breeze. Its design-time enhancements include:

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Powerhouse Ribbon Designer - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Interactive UX

Easy-to-use and highly customizable

The Ribbon control also includes the following options designed to help you deliver the best possible user experience – a user experience that is second to none.

  • Search
  • Touch Support
  • Application Button
  • Keyboard Accessibility / Key Tips / Enhanced Tooltips
  • Runtime Ribbon UI Customization
  • Save / Restore Ribbon Layout

Oh and before we forget, our built-in Layout Adaptation (Scaling) engine dynamically modifies Ribbon content based upon available screen real estate. It automatically modifies the size of individual images (large/small), displays/hides item text, moves buttons into drop down windows, etc.

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Interactive UX - WinForms Ribbon Control, DevExpress

Main Menu & Toolbars

When your project demands the use of traditional navigation elements, DevExpress Menus, Toolbars, and Status Bars provide all the functionality you'll need to build intuitive, easy-to-navigate apps.

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Replicate the Office Navigation UX

Our WinForms UI Library ships with everything you need to deliver elegant business solutions that fully mimic the Office and Windows 10 navigation experience.

Learn more about App Navigation Controls

Ultra-Fast & Feature Complete Data Grid

Our WinForms Grid control will help you deliver big data solutions that are always fast. The grid ships with dozens of high-impact features so you can easily manage information and display it on-screen.

Learn more about WinForms Grid control

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the DevExpress Ribbon included in the WinForms Subscription?
The Ribbon control is included in our WinForms Subscription. DevExpress WinForms Subscription includes over 190 components - from the most powerful WinForms Data Grid to a variety of Office-inspired UI components.
Can I distribute my app royalty-free if I use the Ribbon control?
Absolutely. Once you purchase a DevExpress WinForms subscription, you can distribute the Ribbon control within your app royalty-free. Refer to our End User License Agreement for more information.
Does the WinForms Ribbon control allow me to use field editors (like a dropdown calendar)?
Yes, it certainly does. You can add any of the data editors we ship as part of our WinForms Data Editors Library to the Ribbon in your WinForms app (this includes advanced lookups, date/time editors, etc).
Do I have to renew my WinForms Subscription every year to use the Ribbon?
Absolutely not – renewal in subsequent years is entirely your choice. Unlike some of our competitors, we do not force you to renew your license for redistribution purposes. You are free to use the controls you've licensed for as long as you wish. Refer to our End User License Agreement for more information.

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Jump start the form development process via polished and ready-to-use 'templates'. The motivation behind our WinForms UI Templates is to create ready-to-use UI solutions for real-life line-of-business (LOB) apps and eliminate the need for routine UI customizations. Read about UI Templates

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Deliver elegant, touch-enabled WinForms applications using the platform you know and love. The WinForms Subscription helps you leverage your current investments and address customer needs via a comprehensive range of WinForms controls that support touch on both Windows 7 and Windows 10.

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The DevExpress WinForms Subscription makes it easy to create WinForms applications that meet government regulations regarding accessibility. Sec 508 and Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 support is available for key DevExpress WinForms controls. Download VPAT

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All DevExpress WinForms controls can be localized using satellite resource assemblies. DevExpress delivers satellite assemblies for a large variety of languages and cultures. To help you get started, resource files for four cultures are included in our installation: German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. If you need to modify our shipping resources or create satellite assemblies for a different language, simply use our Online Localization Service, a free tool for our active WinForms subscribers. Online Localization Service

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