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Questions tagged [ribbon]

an interface using a set of toolbars categorized and displayed via tabs to simplify display to the user, such as the toolbars in recent releases of Microsoft Office.

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Desktop application that uses both a Ribbon and a Menu?

I know the Ribbon was intended to replace the conventional menu, but are there any examples of desktop applications which attempted to use both? If so, how was the end result? Was it a nightmare? Did ...
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Is it acceptable to change the context of the application by switching ribbon tabs?

Our application has several "disciplines" for which there are various commands grouped as tabs in a ribbon. Is it acceptable to automatically change the context of the main window, i.e, what is being ...
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Ribbon and DockManager practices

In our current application we have one window with a Ribbon at the top and actually 3 panels. We can switch the panel by clicking on tabs (at the left). The Ribbon content depend on the selected panel....
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Ribbon UI on mobile devices

I am currently developing a windows 10 Universal application, that can run on both mobile and desktop systems. It inherited a large code base and quite big number of features from a WP8.1 app, and ...
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Showing the same command at multiple UI locations

In my UI I have a Ribbon control, that is divided into tabs of commands that belong to a certain functionality of the program. It is a data analysis software, so I have a tab containing functions for ...
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Classic main-menu and ribbon at the same time?

I recently added 'Ribbons' to my application(for experts, as browser-app) which look and work the same way as you know from 'Windows-8' or MS-Word; eg. showing tabs, quick-launch buttons and a expand/...
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Microsoft Ribbon "More" button of some sort?

We deal with the Microsoft Ribbon UI a lot, one of the things we are considering is if it is possible to have a "More" button on the ribbon somehow that will show extra buttons or options on the ...
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Suggestions for Microsoft Ribbon UI where multiple actions are required across groups

We have an application that heavily relies on Microsoft Ribbon UI to perform actions etc on say a document. We have a few ribbon groups defined and each have a certain set of actions they can perform ...
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allow for user to customize a ribbon and its buttons?

Are there any problems associated with allowing a user to "define" or customize a ribbon in any fashion that they would like>? In other words, if we allow them to re-arrange the buttons etc, would ...
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Alternatives to Microsoft Ribbon design in WPF?

We have a WPF application that makes use of the Microsoft Ribbon technology. What started out as a simple application, now has many tab groupings etc., which is contributing to a bloat in the number ...
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What are tabs used for and what's the difference with Ribbons

I was designing an interface which was a popup showing a document (pdf) and right below its metadata (user who scanned it, doc name, doc-relative metadata, etc). Since I was tasked to make an Editor ...
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Correct use of Ribbons in Windows program

I need some advice on the correct use of Ribbons in desktop applications. The program I'm working on is for a clinic, I have done a simple mockup below to make it easier to visualize. My client wants ...
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What is the best way to let the user change the language in a windows forms application

Situaltion: I have a windows forms application which is currently only available in german for the end user There is an existing userbase which gets auto updates The application is already translated ...
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Looking for independent usability study of the Microsoft Fluent UI

I have been trying to gather objective feedback/response on the design of the Fluent UI ('Ribbon') interface. Apart from one study by Forrester which was commissioned by Microsoft anyway, and various ...
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Should Ribbon be used on the web?

I'm designing a web application which has a large number of commands and customizations, with many more to come in the future. I've read a number of things on usage of the ribbon, from MS's ...
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Tree manage in ribbon UI

I'm implementing ribbon UI in one of my application. It manages some trees so I move all the options to the ribbon (contextual tabs) but it just doesn't look fluent. Is placing tree options like ...
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What is a sheet of UX elements called?

The Microsoft Ribbon is a like a tabbed "sheet" of UX icons. It's basically an iconified, horizontal version of an always-open menu. Is there a general name for a group of UX buttons or icons, that ...
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Is there a better way to layout this UI using the Microsoft Office Ribbon?

I am building a Microsoft Outlook VSTO addin and I am trying to figure out the best way to lay out the UI and from looking through the office apps i can't seem to find the right layout pattern that ...
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Alternatives to Menu + Toolbar or Ribbon

The main application I'm working on has a very traditional (and boring) old school menu and toolbar, the toolbar indeed just a row of 16 small icons. It has worked for us well over the years, but ...
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Using a ribbon as navigation

Every use of the ribbon I have seen so far single panel 'canvas' programs, where grouped functionality is in the ribbon. I have been doing some analysis on some back end software which my company ...
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What is the microsoft Fluent UI name, and conventions surrounding "Table Tools"-like UI elements in MS Fluent/Ribbon apps?

One exceptional (unusual) element that I notice in the Office 2010 applications is that there are two tabs in their "fluent" or "ribbon" ux ideas, around Tables, named Design and Layout, which have a ...
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The most complex touch application?

Nowadays, there seems to be a limit to how complex you can make an application solely for touch, the controls needs a lot more space plus removal of "unecessary" tools is so much more taken into ...
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Are Ribbons touch screen friendly?

All over the web, I read that Ribbons are touch screen friendly, that they are made for touch etc. But I never got a real explanation why the Ribbon is as touch friendly as people say. The icons are ...
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Use of Fluent Ribbon in MDI application [closed]

So, I work on one of those applications with a million little modules and a menu with hundreds of options. We'd like to simplify this since 90% of our users use 5% of the options on the menu and we'...
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How effective is a ribbon menu work on a social media monitoring dashboard?

I am currently wireframing the functionality of a graphs widget for a social monitoring tool and need more input about how effective might this solution be...
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Combining a Ribbon with a Search Bar

We have a fairly large application that has moved from the menu/toolbar motif to the ribbon motif. One piece still bothers me: We used to have a search bar in the toolbar/menu area packed at the far ...
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Designing a Fluent Ribbon for a CRUD Application

I'm working on designing a Fluent ("Ribbon") style UX for a CRUD application working over a database. There's lots of information about how to design a ribbon for document based applications. The ...
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Keyboard navigation versus mouse navigation

The project: We're designing software that users will use all day long to perform 12 repetitive tasks. Each task has many steps and takes place in a different pane in the GUI. Some of the GUI is ...
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Is Microsoft's Ribbon UI really that great, from a usability perspective?

The first time I ever used it was at my current job. Among my co-workers, the feelings towards it for usability are mixed. The other developer doesn't really care one way or the other, as long as the ...
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