Integrate built-in Office buttons into custom control groups and tabs

You can insert built-in Office buttons into your custom control groups on the Office ribbon by using markup in the add-in's manifest. (You can't insert your custom add-in commands into a built-in Office group.) You can also insert entire built-in Office control groups into your custom ribbon tabs.

Note

This article assumes that you are familiar with the article Basic concepts for add-in commands. Please review it if you haven't done so recently.

Important

  • The add-in feature and markup described in this article is only available in PowerPoint on the web.
  • The markup described in this article only works on platforms that support requirement set AddinCommands 1.3. See the later section Behavior on unsupported platforms.

Insert a built-in control group into a custom tab

To insert a built-in Office control group into a tab, add an OfficeGroup element as a child element in the parent <CustomTab> element. The id attribute of the of the <OfficeGroup> element is set to the ID of the built-in group. See Find the IDs of controls and control groups.

The following markup example adds the Office Paragraph control group to a custom tab and positions it to appear just after a custom group.

<ExtensionPoint xsi:type="ContosoRibbonTab">
  <CustomTab id="TabCustom1">
    <Group id="myCustomTab.group1">
       <!-- additional markup omitted -->
    </Group>
    <OfficeGroup id="Paragraph" />
    <Label resid="customTabLabel1" />
  </CustomTab>
</ExtensionPoint>

Insert a built-in control into a custom group

To insert a built-in Office control into a custom group, add an OfficeControl element as a child element in the parent <Group> element. The id attribute of the <OfficeControl> element is set to the ID of the built-in control. See Find the IDs of controls and control groups.

The following markup example adds the Office Superscript control to a custom group and positions it to appear just after a custom button.

<ExtensionPoint xsi:type="ContosoRibbonTab">
  <CustomTab id="TabCustom1">
    <Group id="myCustomTab.grp1">
        <Label resid="residCustomTabGroupLabel"/>
        <Icon>
            <bt:Image size="16" resid="blue-icon-16" />
            <bt:Image size="32" resid="blue-icon-32" />
            <bt:Image size="80" resid="blue-icon-80" />
        </Icon>
        <Control xsi:type="Button" id="Button2">
            <!-- information on the control omitted -->
        </Control>
        <OfficeControl id="Superscript" />
        <!-- other controls, as needed -->
    </Group>
    <Label resid="customTabLabel1" />
  </CustomTab>
</ExtensionPoint>

Note

Users can customize the ribbon in the Office application. Any user customizations will override your manifest settings. For example, a user can remove a button from any group and remove any group from a tab.

Find the IDs of controls and control groups

The IDs for supported controls and control groups are in files in the repo Office Control IDs. Follow the instructions in the ReadMe file of that repo.

Behavior on unsupported platforms

If your add-in is installed on a platform that doesn't support requirement set AddinCommands 1.3, then the markup described in this article is ignored and the built-in Office controls/groups will not appear in your custom groups/tabs. To prevent your add-in from being installed on platforms that don't support the markup, add a reference to the requirement set in the <Requirements> section of the manifest. For instructions, see Set the Requirements element in the manifest. Alternatively, you can design your add-in to have an alternate experience when AddinCommands 1.3 is not supported, as described in Use runtime checks in your JavaScript code. For example, if your add-in contains instructions that assume the built-in buttons are in your custom groups, you could have an alternate version that assumes that the built-in buttons are only in their usual places.