Add Custom Ribbon Tab For Workbook

Last week, you saw how to open and edit the Ribbon code in an Excel file that has a custom tab. This week, you can see how to create a custom tab in an Excel workbook, and add buttons to run your macros.

This example is based on an Order Form workbook, and the buttons run macros to clear the data entry cells, and to view the file before printing.


You’ll see how to set the custom tab labels and icons, and change your macros so they run from a click on the Ribbon. Exciting, right? Winking smile

Watch the Video

To see the steps, please watch this video. It’s a bit longer than the videos that I usually make, but the steps are quite easy, so give it a try!

Download the Sample File

To see the written instructions, and to download the sample file, please visit my Contextures website: Add Custom Ribbon Tab to Workbook

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2 Responses

  1. Kurt says:

    Great tutorial!
    Howto define the order of the tabs on the ribbon. e.g. I want my tab as the last tab on the ribbon, or as the second-last tab … maybe you can show as this in new tutorial? thanks

  2. Dear Debra,

    I have been using ideas from your blog as I am trying to Create A VBA home Budget Tracker in my retirement, Purely as an intellectual Exercise.

    I am stumbling a bit with your tutorial “Excel Ribbon – Add a Custom Tab” at present. I followed your instructions.

    As I am using Excel 2010.
    I loaded UI14 into your Macro “DataValOrderMacro”.
    Validated OK. Opened the workbook but there is nothing on the Ribbon.

    I thought ‘maybe I should use the 2007 XML file.’
    Tried that. Modified the XML code.Validated OK but still no show on the Ribbon.

    I checked to see if it needed the Contoso Font,(mentioned in the XML file). Nope it’s not on My Laptop.

    Googled “Contoso Font Download”.

    As far as I can see Contoso is a Mythical company invented by Microsoft and Contoso Font looks like it does not exist.

    I may be wrong.

    Anyway I cant get the tutorial to work past this point. are you able to help?


    David Hawkins

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