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Ribbon Images & Labels Part V
(A Microsoft Word Help & Tip page by Gregory K. Maxey)

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This Microsoft Word Help & Microsoft Word Tips page is the fifth and final in a series of tips pages written to show how to apply and use the ribbon control attributes to define, modify and display control images and labels. See the Word Help & Tips Index for links to the other pages in this series.

In this tips page we look at a work-a-round for overcoming the difficulty in accessing images stored in the document's data store customUI\images when using the getImage attribute, discussed in the previous tips page.

Site Note IconRemember the advantage of using the data store for custom images, is that the data store is transportable with the document to other users. You don't have to deal with providing the images as separate files or be concerned if the user puts them in the correct directory.

The illustration below shows two views of a custom ribbon tab that I created for this tips page. One shows the image and label for a toggleButton control in the toggled (or pressed state) and the other shows those same controls in the un-pressed state. You can download the demonstration document used to create this pages which contains the associated ribbon, custom XML and VBA callbacks using this link: Ribbon Images & Labels Part V

ribbon images and labels p5 1
toggleButton control state pressed

ribbon images and labels p5 2
tobbleButton control state unpressed

As in the example in used in Part IV, I used the Custom UI Editor to store two .PNG type image files in the document's OpenXML Format data store customUI\images folder.

The problem is there is no way to assign an image file stored in the document's zipped data store as a variable in the LoadImage function. To resolve the problem we can use the onLoad attribute and VBA to perform the following as the ribbon is loaded:

We now have a folder on the users PC which acts as an external source containing the image files stored in the document's data store folder customUI\images. We can access these images using the getImage attribute and a VBA callback.

When the user closes the document we delete the temporary folders.

Site Note IconThe methods seems to work reliably well.  The only drawback that I have noticed is you will sometimes see the Windows copying file process running briefly as the document loads.

This concludes this tips page and the series. Once again I would like to thank Bob Phillips, Ron de Bruin and Jonathan West for their assistance and support to make these tips pages possible.

That's it! I hope you have found this tips page useful and informative.

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