New Power Tools - Ribbon IDs Tool Window (Kemp Brown)

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The Visual Studio 2008 Tools for Office team just released a cool suite of productivity apps for VS Office development called the VSTO Power Tools. One of the tools included is the Ribbon IDs Tool Window, an add-in tool window for VS that lets you browse the MSO icons that come with Office. You can use these icons to spiff up your custom Ribbon controls. All you need to do is click an icon in the Ribbon IDs Tool Window to obtain its ID, and then plug the value into the control's OfficeImageID property.

I've recorded a short video that demonstrates the tool window and how to use it to customize some Ribbon controls:

There are a couple of additional items not in the video that bear mentioning:

  1. You can also use this tool with XML-based ribbons, even dragging-and-dropping the icon value into the XML.
  2. You are not limited to using only MSO images in your controls, although that this is the purpose of this tool.

Here are links to the Help topics I mentioned at the end of the video:

Try it out and let us know what you think!

- Kemp Brown
Programming Writer for BizApps User Education

  • I really need this in Viisual Studio 2010, oris there any other way to find out the excel image ID?

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