Examine the SharePoint Designer Ribbon - dummies

Examine the SharePoint Designer Ribbon

By Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

SharePoint Designer incorporates the visual arrangement of controls that you find in other Office applications in a feature known as the Ribbon. The Ribbon runs across the top of the screen; it’s where you go to activate the commands you use as you develop your custom programs in SharePoint. The following Ribbon features come in handy as you begin using it:

  • The Ribbon is dynamic. The Ribbon changes to match the component of SharePoint you’re using. For example, if you’re working on a workflow, the Ribbon displays options for developing workflows.

    The SharePoint Designer Ribbon when a workflow is being developed.
    The SharePoint Designer Ribbon when a workflow is being developed.

    If you’re developing a page, the Ribbon displays the commands you need for page development.

    The SharePoint Designer Ribbon when a page is being developed.
    The SharePoint Designer Ribbon when a page is being developed.
  • You can customize the Ribbon. You can add new Ribbon sections that are your own creations. All you have to do to customize a Ribbon tab — or add a new one — is right-click anywhere on the standard Ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon from the menu that appears.