How to Create Custom Ribbons for Microsoft Office 2007 with IDBE Ribbon Creator
If you want to customize the ribbon interface of Microsoft Office 2007 applications, such as Access, Excel, Word, or PowerPoint, you can use a tool called IDBE Ribbon Creator. This tool is a WYSIWYG editor that allows you to design and modify ribbons for different controls, such as tabs, groups, buttons, galleries, menus, and more. You can also select images and commands for the ribbon controls, as well as create screentips, supertips, and keytips. In this article, we will show you how to use IDBE Ribbon Creator 2007 12 to create a custom ribbon for an Access database.
Step 1: Download and install IDBE Ribbon Creator 2007 12
You can download IDBE Ribbon Creator 2007 12 from this link. The shareware version is restricted to two tabs, three groups, and ten controls. If you want to unlock the full features, you can purchase a personalized license from this link. After downloading the setup file, run it and follow the instructions to install the tool on your computer.
Step 2: Launch IDBE Ribbon Creator 2007 12 and open an Access database
After installing IDBE Ribbon Creator 2007 12, launch it from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You will see a main window with a ribbon bar at the top and a tree view on the left. To open an Access database that you want to customize, click on the File tab and select Open Database. Browse to the location of your database file and click Open. You will see the name of your database in the title bar of the main window.
Step 3: Create a new ribbon or load an existing one
To create a new ribbon for your database, click on the Ribbon tab and select New Ribbon. A dialog box will appear where you can enter a name for your ribbon and choose an application (Access, Excel, Word, or PowerPoint). Click OK to create a new ribbon. You will see a new node in the tree view with your ribbon name.
If you want to load an existing ribbon from your database or from an XML file, click on the Ribbon tab and select Load Ribbon. A dialog box will appear where you can browse to the source of your ribbon and click Open. You will see the existing nodes in the tree view with your ribbon name and controls.
Step 4: Add and modify ribbon controls
To add a new control to your ribbon, right-click on a node in the tree view and select Add Control. A dialog box will appear where you can choose a type of control (such as Tab, Group, Button, etc.) and enter a name for it. Click OK to add the control. You will see a new node in the tree view with your control name.
To modify an existing control on your ribbon, select it in the tree view and use the properties panel on the right to change its attributes. You can also use the buttons on the ribbon bar to perform common actions such as moving, copying, deleting, or renaming controls. You can also preview your ribbon by clicking on the Preview button on the Home tab.
Step 5: Export your ribbon to your database or save it as an XML file
When you are done creating or modifying your ribbon, you can export it to your database or save it as an XML file. To export your ribbon to your database, click on the File tab and select Export Ribbon. A dialog box will appear where you can choose whether to overwrite an existing ribbon or create a new one in your database. Click OK to export your ribbon. You will see a message confirming that your ribbon has been exported successfully.
To save your ribbon as an XML file, click on the File tab and select Save Ribbon As XML File. A dialog box will appear where you can enter a name and location for your XML file. Click Save to save your ribbon as an XML file.