Access Europe – Mike Wolfe (Building Ribbon Interfaces in Code)

Mike Wolfe (MVP) will be leading an exciting session where he will demonstrate the use of a class module to generate ribbon XML at runtime

Session Outline

It’s hard to believe that the ribbon replaced command bars in Microsoft Office more than 15 years ago.  The ribbon allows you to build dynamic, responsive, and context-sensitive user interfaces.  But with that power comes great responsibility complexity.  Even after a decade and a half, Microsoft still has not provided a built-in tool for creating and editing custom ribbons.

In this talk, Mike will demonstrate a VBA-based solution to create custom ribbons.  All the complexity is encapsulated in two modules that will be provided.  These modules will let you build a full-featured custom ribbon with only a single line of code per ribbon button.

Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Using code to generate valid ribbon XML
  • How to load a custom ribbon at startup
  • Using built-in images for buttons
  • Using custom images for buttons (and a great resource for finding professional button images)
  • Creating several types of ribbon controls:
    • Buttons
    • Dropdowns
    • ComboBoxes
    • Gallery controls
  • Making ribbon buttons enabled/disabled or visible/invisible based on the current user
  • Calling custom functions from the ribbon

Bio

Mike runs Grandjean & Braverman, Inc., specializing in Microsoft Access and SQL Server software solutions for government, banking, and insurance clients. He writes daily articles about advanced Access and VBA topics at nolongerset.com, where he’s published over 600 articles since 2020. Mike earned the Access MVP award in November 2021.

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