Odd Feature Suggestion - Ribbon Bar Managment


#1

This may be out of scope for XL Toolbox, but something I wanted to suggest or maybe you know of something out there already.

I have realized by Ribbon Bar Tabs have become very cumbersome as I have so many between thing that come with Excel that you have to either display or turn on the appropriate add-in and other 3rd party add-ins I use (some more frequently than others)… What about an Ribbon Bad Tab / ADD-IN Manager?

Something that might make things easier to display, turn on/off ribbon tabs or hide add-ins. I have so many ribbons sometimes they don’t display well depending on my Excel Window Size.

Developer tab in Excel (tab not Add-in)
Microsoft Inquire Add-in
Microsoft Offcat Add-in – wish they would update it
Daniel’s XL Toolbox Add-in – https://www.xltoolbox.net/
FindLink –http://www.manville.org.uk/software/findlink.htm
ExcelUtilities – http://www.appspro.com/Utilities/ExcelUtilities.htm
Microsoft Power Pivot Add-in
Spreassheet Compre – http://www.thefoolonthehill.net/drupal/Spreadsheet%20Compare
Laserfiche Add-in (integration with our document management)
Unit4 Excelerator (Excel reporting from our ERP Agresso Business World)

There are other add-ins I am interested in, but I already have too much.

thoughts?

Feature? What do others do?


#2

Hm, first thought – it might be possible. Ribbons are defined using a language called ‘XAML’, and IIRC you can generate custom menus in WPF windows using XAML too. If one can manage to get the XAML sources of other installed add-ins by code, this could be put into a custom window. The original ribbons would than have to be hidden by code as well. Possible that security measures prevent this from happening (lest some evil add-in messes with your proper add-ins).

I have a couple of things on my to-do list for the Toolbox. Some bugs that are being reported over and over again by users. Hopefully I’ll find some time soon to fix those bugs; and while I’m at it, it might be possible to try this out.


#3

Alan, after some research it seems to me that it is impossible to access other ribbons from an Excel add-in, not even with read-only access.


#4

Wow, thanks for looking into it… Really been hoping there was a clean “add-ins” manager option would make working on some displays much easier.

good luck on the other change you were going to do to XL Toolbox.