Although the add-in has been tested and create a backup file
when used there is
always the potential for an error to lead to the corruption of a
workbook. Therefore I strongly recommend that you take your own
copy of the file before using the designer.
The RibbonX Visual Designer is a
VBA add-in designer to help with the construction of Ribbon interfaces.
This latest version still works with CustomUI for Excel, PowerPoint and Word files.
For more details of what is possible see the page on the
The latest version now has
the ability to work with CustomUI14 for Excel. This will only be
available if the add-in is used with Excel 2010. If you use this
add-in with Excel 2007 you will be presented with the original
The following table details which customization, when present,
will be visible for the version of the application being used.
No custom ribbon
In order to make this add-in version
available I have made the decision to introduce the new features
of customUI14 in stages.
This first stage includes all the new tabs, groups and
properties in Excel 2010.
It does not include Contextual Menus or Backstage customization.
I will add these as well as the other applications as and when I
When the add-in is loaded 2 new buttons will appear on the Developer
The Loader menu contains the choice of
custom ui to edit.
The Designer menu contains the Office
Applications that can now be used.
I have also added a button to the Backstage
Download the latest version of RibbonX Visual Designer
There are 2 new properties included
for use on the ribbon
Autoscale group. This will
now allow the controls in your groups to collapse using the same
behaviour as builtin controls.
As the width of the application alters the controls collapse in
different ways. The button size will reduce, the text will be removed
centerVertically. This will
position 1 or 2 controls centrally on the ribbon.
Image file selector for picking
custom image files.
The add-in will display a viewer containing all existing imagery
for the file. The Browse button can be used to add new images.
The 'Delete unused imagery
files when saving' will remove files from Images folder.
To replace existing add-in with a later version you simply need to
overwrite the existing add-in. Make sure Excel is not running
otherwise you will not be able to replace the file. The download
also includes the schema files for each ui version which should
be stored in the same location as the add-in in order to allow
for xml validation.
Bug fix to prevent adding controls to built-in Groups
Version 2.31 May 2014
Added Supertip attribute to
Bug fix for gallery items
with no label attribute
Version 2.30 January 2014
Support for Unicode
characters. The treeview control may not render the
characters correctly but the properties textbox should.
Version 2.24 September 2013
Added option to Image dialog
to delete unused image files from internal Image folder
Bug fix to allow text that
could be interpreted as excel worksheet function
Version 2.23 January 2013
Bug fix to handle multiple
group dialog launcher buttons
Version 2.22 April 2012
Error handling for xl2007
icons not supported in xl2010
Version 2.21 April 2012
Added ability to write to
either CustomUI or CustomUI14 sections
Late binding of PowerPoint
and Word to avoid missing library reference
Fixed Office menu (2007) entry points and nesting of menu items in editor
This add-in uses routines and techniques
provided by the following.