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ISBN-13: 978-0470191118 ISBN-10: 0470191112 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470191112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470191118
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Microsoft MVPs teach you new skills for customizing the Ribbon

If you like to build custom applications or customize the Office user interface, this book is for you. Written by a team of Microsoft MVPs, it shows you—step by step—how easy it is to modify the Microsoft Office® 2007 Ribbon, how the Ribbon works, and how you can customize it to add functionality. You'll learn to leverage the RibbonX API to hide, create, add, and group controls.

Along with techniques for using XML, VBA, and Access macros, you'll find clear instructions, practical examples, and real-world code you can use. This is the perfect guide for beginners, developers, and power users alike.

  • Explore the Ribbon user interface and Quick Access Toolbar

  • Access the CustomUI Editor and start modifying

  • Learn the essentials of XML and why you need it

  • Write and debug your own code with Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA)

  • Master RibbonX basic controls and create custom, static, and dynamic menus

  • Deploy your Ribbon customizations across files

  • Gain a working knowledge of key aspects of Office security such as digital certificates and privacy settings

Inside you'll also find a handy table of RibbonX tags, a tool to quickly reveal the imageMso references and generate its XML, and much more.

About the Author

Robert Martin is an Excel MVP and Microsoft Certified Professional. With a background in finance, he has worked as an IT director for an investment bank in the UK, and worked on charitable projects in Africa before turning to authoring on MS Office development.

Ken Puls is an Excel MVP and a Certified Management Accountant in Canada. He works as the Controller of a resort, teaches Excel courses, and has authored all of the articles at the www.excelguru.ca website.

Teresa Hennig is an Access MVP and president of the Pacific Northwest Access Developer Group and the Seattle Access Group. She is the lead author of the Access VBA Programmer's Reference series and is a lead on three national committees for INETA. Her company, Data Dynamics Northwest, provides data management solutions and consulting services.


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The book is well organized and easy to read.
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If you are ready to work with Microsoft Office 2007, and make it your own, the book "RibbonX, Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon" is the book for you.
Robert Larson
As computer books go, it's better than most, it's cheap, and worth far more: buy it!
Tony Jollans

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bill Coan on January 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The more serious you are about customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon, the more you'll like this valuable, comprehensive, authoritative, but occasionally frustrating book. The flow of information in the book isn't always from the simple to the complex, and some of the chapters are less well written than others (about which, more later), but the authors have succeeded in giving you everything you need in order to take charge of the user experience within Access 2007, Excel 2007, and Word 2007.

The authors don't merely explain ribbon customizations and then declare themselves done. They recognize that ribbon customizations would be nearly useless if not backed by appropriate automation routines and by deployment methods that comply with Office security requirements. As a result, they go to considerable extra effort to provide introductory and advanced chapters on Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming, plus a chapter on deployment of customizations and also a chapter on Office security.

The book devotes a separate chapter to each of the various types of controls found on the Ribbon. These include basic controls (buttons, checkboxes, edit boxes, toggle buttons), combobox/dropdown controls, custom pictures/galleries, menus, and controls that the authors refer to as "formatting" elements (boxes, groups, labels, separators). Each of these chapters is organized in the same way. Element names, attribute names, and allowed values are fully documented, as are the VB/VBA callback signatures for dynamic attributes. Best of all, each chapter includes examples of RibbonX code and VBA routines for accomplishing something useful with each type of control.

One of the most helpful chapters in the book is devoted to working with contextual controls, i.e.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2008
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This book covers the new "Ribbon" interface used in Microsoft Office 2007. The Ribbon replaces the old menus and toolbars in Office programs, and unlike the menus and toolbars cannot be modified or added to easily. The new Office programs have only one toolbar, called the Quick Access toolbar, to which you can add toolbar buttons to run commands and macros; and there are no more menus.

The book teaches you the difficult process needed in order to modify the Ribbon in each Office program. It is not an easy process, as it involves writing XML code in addition to macro programming code. And opening the necessary XML files in order to modify them isn't easy either.

The book does a fairly good job of presenting the process, and documenting the various XML "tags" needed. However, it is not well written, and its explanations of the programming concepts are a bit muddled, especially for novices like me. The constant statements of "we'll explain this later" become aggravating after awhile; its like the authors themselves are feeling their way along with their readers. I guess by the end of the book, they have figured out what they were trying to teach; that should make the next edition a little better!

One thing you should know if you want to modify the Ribbon in the Office programs is that there are programs out there that have been and are being written to automate the process so that you don't really need to know the details in the depth this book attempts to teach. (But having this book could be a help in using and understanding those programs.) There are two programs available now, one of which is called RibbonCustomizer (and is very well designed).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Jollans on January 21, 2008
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Everything about the Ribbon is new; all serious developers will need, and many others will want, to know how to customize it, and this book tells you how to do it. The authors have done a splendid job of explaining it all without assuming any prior knowledge, guiding the reader through the jungle of VBA and XML in three different applications. It is a huge subject and different people will want different things from it; the book is packed (but not cluttered) with clear cross-references so that you don't have to read everything to get up and running with the particular thing you want to do. No matter what your ability or experience you will learn from this book, I already have. As computer books go, it's better than most, it's cheap, and worth far more: buy it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Larson on January 30, 2008
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If you are ready to work with Microsoft Office 2007, and make it your own, the book "RibbonX, Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon" is the book for you. I started out with no XML knowledge, and no experience in customizing the new Office 2007 Ribbon, and within a very short time I had created my very first customized Ribbon. The book goes into some XML and VBA basics and is comfortable reading for a true beginner as well as those who may have more experience. In this past year, which I have been working with Office 2007, I have been intimidated by the thought of venturing into Ribbon territory. After reading this book, I no longer fear the Ribbon. In fact, I embrace the opportunities that are awaiting my use of it.

So, I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be able to customize their own Office 2007 experience, or the experience of the users of their creation. You won't want to be without it.

Bob Larson
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