Ribbon / Office Fluent UI: Links to information

February 8, 2014

Until the release of Office 2013 and all the new information and hype about the “Apps for Office” developer interfaces, there was a useful page on MSDN that collected links to all relevant information concerning developing for the Ribbon and Backstage (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa905530.aspx), also known as the “Office Fluent UI”.

For a number of months you could still find the link, but it was redirected to a page about the new technology, containing no information whatsoever about the Ribbon. Recently, the old page doesn’t show up any more in internet searches, so only those of us with old “Favorites” or bookmarks to the link collection get to enjoy this frustration. But this is no help at all to the developer unfamiliar with what documentation is available nor any idea where to search for it.

In my work as forum moderator I constantly need to refer to, and refer people to, Ribbon documentation. So I’ve collected all the useful links from that page and posted them in the General Office Developer forum here.

I’ve tried to remove any links that are no longer active, but I may have missed some. So if anyone comes across a problem in that listing, please leave a comment here, or in the forum.

(And I also apologize for the lousy formatting of the post. The forum software doesn’t “like” it and refuses to use the correct spacing and bold formatting )

Release: Office 2013 idMso & imageMso documentation

December 27, 2012

The following information was supplied by MSFT Nathan O. last week in the Office MSDN forums:

“I know the documentation for Office 2013 is still somewhat limited, but hopefully the following link will help.

Microsoft Office Document: [MS-CustomUI2] Supporting Documentation – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=727

From here, you should be able to download the *.txt files for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus the imageMso information. Once a file is downloaded, it can be opened in Excel to make it easier to look through all the controls.” Read the rest of this entry »