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Ribbon with C++, Post 6: Ribbon Dynamic Structure Capabilities

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This is the 6th and last post about using Windows Ribbon Framework features in C++. You can find the previous parts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5. In this post we will dive into the ribbon's dynamic structure capabilities, i.e. we will learn about the different ways to change the structure of the ribbon at runtime. Specifically we will learn about Application Modes and Contextual Tabs. We will see what are these features, when to use them and how. Application Modes What is Application
Modes? Application Modes is a feature of the Windows Ribbon Framework that lets you completely change the ribbon according to the current application state. This feature is best explained with an example. Consider Microsoft Paint.
When you open Microsoft Paint you see it in its default "edit mode": Now, if you choose from the application menu: Print à Print Preview, the entire ribbon changes to the following "print mode": Notice that in the different application "modes" you have completely different ribbon tabs. More generally, applications...(Read whole news on source site)

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