The simplest way to get started is to use the WPF Ribbon Application project template.

 

If you are not able to run VS 2010 then use the following steps.

  • Launch the attached project using VS 2008
  • Fixup the references to RibbonControlsLibrary.dll and Microsoft.Windows.Shell.dll to point to their install location under the program files path.
  • Build and run the project

Read next post to learn to add more content to this simple Ribbon application.