Ribbon Customization Part-7-Hiding a Ribbon Button in Dynamics CRM 2011

In this Post we will see  how to hide the CRM 2011 ribbon button , for this  I will take opportunity Entity and try to Hide the “Send Direct Email”Button which appear on the Home page grid of the Opportunity entity.

Steps to Follow

  1. Create a New Solution  ,Add the Opportunity entity
  2. Save and Export the solution
  3. Unzip the solution and edit the “customizations.xml” using visual studio 2010
  4. Here we need to find the Id of the “Send Direct Email” Button for that I would open the “Opportunityribbon.xml” available in “\\sdk\samplecode\cs\client\ribbon\exportribbonxml\exportedribbonxml” (this location depends on where you downloaded the Dynamics CRM 2011 SDK)
  5. and I found the  Id of the button as “Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.SendDirectEmail”
  6. Add the below code to  hide the button under the <<CustomActions>> under the <<RibbonDiffXML>>
  7.    1: <HideCustomAction Location="Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.SendDirectEmail"

       2:                 HideActionId="Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.SendDirectEmail.HideAction" />   

  8. Save
  9. Rezip
  10. Import and publish
  11. Refresh the browser you can see the  the “Send Direct Email Button” won’t be displayed
  12. Down load the complete solution from here

Ribbon Customization-Part 5-Add a Custom Tab, Custom Group and Custom Buttons to a Form Ribbon, Grid Ribbon for a Specific Entity(Opportunity Entity)

In my earlier post we have seen how to add custom buttons to the Entity Gird Ribbon for opportunity entity in CRM 2011

Now we will see how to add the same buttons to Entity Form level ribbon  and Sub Grid Ribbon ( The Ribbon that will show when the Control is in the Sub grid with in the Opportunity Entity Form and also  Sub grids showing the Opportunity Associated view)

  1. Create a new Solution called ”OpportunityFormlevelRibbon”  then Add Opportunity entity, and any dependency objects  and also the web resource”ShowMessage.js” which we created in the earlier post and export it and save it in  the disk
  2. unzip the solutions and Edit the customizations.xml
  3. Add the below <<CustomActions>> in addition to the existing custom action
  4.    1: <!--CustomAction  for  Tab, group, buttons to display in Form-->

       2:          <CustomAction Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomAction" Location="Mscrm.Tabs._children" Sequence="40">

       3:            <CommandUIDefinition>

       4:              <Tab Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab" Command="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Title" Description="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Description" Sequence="40">

       5:                <Scaling Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.Scaling">

       6:                  <MaxSize Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.MaxSize" GroupId="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup" Sequence="10" Size="LargeMedium" />

       7:                </Scaling>

       8:                <Groups Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.Groups">

       9:                  <Group Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup" Command="Sample.Form.opportunity.FirstGroup" Sequence="10" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Title" Template="Mscrm.Templates.3.3">

      10:                    <Controls Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Controls">

      11:                      <Button Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText" ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.ToolTipDescription" Command="Sample.Form.opportunity.FirstButton" Sequence="10" LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText" Alt="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText" Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png" Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" TemplateAlias="o1" />

      12:                      <Button Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText" ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.ToolTipDescription" Command="Sample.Form.opportunity.SecondButton" Sequence="20" LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText" Alt="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText" Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png" Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" TemplateAlias="o1" />


      14:                    </Controls>

      15:                  </Group>

      16:                </Groups>

      17:              </Tab>

      18:            </CommandUIDefinition>

      19:          </CustomAction>


      21:          <!--CustomAction  for  Tab, group, buttons to display in  Form Subgrid-->

      22:          <CustomAction Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomAction" Location="Mscrm.SubGrid.opportunity.ContextualTabs._children" Sequence="40">

      23:            <CommandUIDefinition>

      24:              <Tab Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab" Command="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Title" Description="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Description" Sequence="500">

      25:                <Scaling Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.Scaling">

      26:                  <MaxSize Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.MaxSize" GroupId="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup" Sequence="10" Size="LargeMedium" />

      27:                </Scaling>

      28:                <Groups Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.Groups">

      29:                  <Group Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup" Command="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.FirstGroup" Sequence="10" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Title" Template="Mscrm.Templates.3.3">

      30:                    <Controls Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Controls">

      31:                       <Button Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText" ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.ToolTipDescription" Command="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.FirstButton" Sequence="10" LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText" Alt="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText" Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png" Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" TemplateAlias="o1" />

      32:                      <Button Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText" ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.ToolTipDescription" Command="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.SecondButton" Sequence="20" LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText" Alt="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText" Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png" Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" TemplateAlias="o1" />                      

      33:                    </Controls>

      34:                  </Group>

      35:                </Groups>

      36:              </Tab>

      37:            </CommandUIDefinition>

      38:          </CustomAction>

  5. Add the below CommandDefinitions  for the above buttons, tab,group
  6.    1: <!--Command Definetions for  Tab, Group, Buttons under Form needs to be included here-->


       3:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.FirstButton">

       4:      <EnableRules />

       5:      <DisplayRules />

       6:      <Actions>

       7:        <Url Address="http://www.microsoft.com"></Url>

       8:      </Actions>

       9:    </CommandDefinition>

      10:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.SecondButton">

      11:      <EnableRules />

      12:      <DisplayRules />

      13:      <Actions>

      14:        <JavaScriptFunction Library="$webresource:new_/ShowMessage.js" FunctionName="show">

      15:          <StringParameter Value="2" />

      16:        </JavaScriptFunction>

      17:      </Actions>

      18:    </CommandDefinition>

      19:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.FirstGroup">

      20:      <EnableRules>

      21:        <EnableRule Id="Mscrm.Enabled " />

      22:      </EnableRules>

      23:      <DisplayRules>

      24:        <DisplayRule Id="Mscrm.CanWriteOpportunity" />

      25:      </DisplayRules>

      26:      <Actions />

      27:    </CommandDefinition>

      28:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab">

      29:      <EnableRules>

      30:        <EnableRule Id="Mscrm.Enabled " />

      31:      </EnableRules>

      32:      <DisplayRules>

      33:        <DisplayRule Id="Mscrm.CanWriteOpportunity" />

      34:      </DisplayRules>

      35:      <Actions />

      36:    </CommandDefinition>


      38:    <!--Command Definetions for  Tab, Group, Buttons under Form's SubGrid needs to be included here-->

      39:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.FirstButton">

      40:      <EnableRules />

      41:      <DisplayRules />

      42:      <Actions>

      43:        <Url Address="http://www.microsoft.com"></Url>

      44:      </Actions>

      45:    </CommandDefinition>

      46:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.SecondButton">

      47:      <EnableRules />

      48:      <DisplayRules />

      49:      <Actions>

      50:        <JavaScriptFunction Library="$webresource:new_/ShowMessage.js" FunctionName="show">

      51:          <StringParameter Value="2" />

      52:        </JavaScriptFunction>

      53:      </Actions>

      54:    </CommandDefinition>

      55:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.FirstGroup">

      56:      <EnableRules>

      57:        <EnableRule Id="Mscrm.Enabled " />

      58:      </EnableRules>

      59:      <DisplayRules>

      60:        <DisplayRule Id="Mscrm.CanWriteOpportunity" />

      61:      </DisplayRules>

      62:      <Actions />

      63:    </CommandDefinition>

      64:    <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab">

      65:      <EnableRules>

      66:        <EnableRule Id="Mscrm.Enabled " />

      67:      </EnableRules>

      68:      <DisplayRules>

      69:        <DisplayRule Id="Mscrm.CanWriteOpportunity" />

      70:      </DisplayRules>

      71:      <Actions />

      72:    </CommandDefinition>


  7. Add the below Tabrules to display the tab in the Form context, Subgrid context, Subgrid context when showing in the associated view as well
  8.    1: <TabDisplayRule TabCommand="Sample.SubGrid.opportunity.CustomTab">

       2:             <EntityRule EntityName="opportunity" Context="SubGridStandard" />

       3:             <EntityRule EntityName="opportunity" Context="SubGridAssociated" />

       4:           </TabDisplayRule>

       5:           <TabDisplayRule TabCommand="Sample.Form.opportunity.CustomTab">

       6:             <EntityRule EntityName="opportunity" Context="Form" AppliesTo="PrimaryEntity" />

       7:           </TabDisplayRule>

  9. Now you can zip  and install the solution and you can the buttons appearing in the following places
    1. Entity Grid
    2. Entity Form
    3. Entity SubGrid
    4. on Opportunity Associated view as well
  10. You can Download the complete Solution from here.

Ribbon Customization-Part 4-Add a Custom Tab, Custom Group and Custom Buttons to a Grid Ribbon for a Specific Entity(Opportunity Entity)

In my earlier post we have seen how to add a custom tab to a specific entity

Today I am going to perform the following tasks

  1. Adding  a Custom Group to the  CRM 2011 Ribbon for a specific entity( I am taking opportunity entity for this purpose)
  2. Adding  a Custom Buttons to the Custom Group With the Specific Actions for the Buttons
    1. On Click of First Button we will open the “www.microsoft.com”
    2. On Click of the Second Button we will  call a simple Java script function Which exists in a web resource.

Coming to the Actions in sequence,

  • Create a new Solution called “OpportunitySolution” and add Opportunity entity  and a newly created web resource called ”ShowMessage.js” with the following Code
   1: function show(Val)

   2: {

   3: alert("Button "+Val+" action performed.");

   4: }

  • Publish the customizations
  • Export the Solutions and Save
  • Unzip the Solution and Edit the customizations.xml  with  any XML Editor  I prefer VS 2010.
  • search for <Entity> as shown the below screenshot Collapse the <FormXML> tag then you can see the <RibbonDiffXML> for the opportunity
  • Adding a Button to CRM 2011 Grid ribbon with specific actions to Opportunity Entity
  • Add the CustomActions to the RibbonDiffXMLwith the below code
  •    1: <CustomActions>

       2:        <CustomAction Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomAction" Location="Mscrm.Tabs._children" Sequence="40">

       3:          <CommandUIDefinition>

       4:            <Tab Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab" Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Title" Description="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Description" Sequence="500">

       5:              <Scaling Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.Scaling">

       6:                <MaxSize Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.MaxSize" GroupId="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup" Sequence="10" Size="LargeMedium" />

       7:              </Scaling>

       8:              <Groups Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.Groups">

       9:                <Group Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup" Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.FirstGroup" Sequence="10" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Title" Template="Mscrm.Templates.3.3">

      10:                  <Controls Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Controls">

      11:                    <Button Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText"

      12:                            ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.ToolTipDescription"

      13:                            Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.FirstButton"

      14:                            Sequence="10"

      15:                            LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText"

      16:                            Alt="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText"

      17:                            Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png"

      18:                            Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" TemplateAlias="o1" />

      19:                    <Button Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton"

      20:                            ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText"

      21:                            ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.ToolTipDescription"

      22:                            Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.SecondButton"

      23:                            Sequence="20"

      24:                            LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText"

      25:                            Alt="$LocLabels:Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText"

      26:                            Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png"

      27:                            Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" TemplateAlias="o1" />


      29:                  </Controls>

      30:                </Group>

      31:              </Groups>

      32:            </Tab>

      33:          </CommandUIDefinition>

      34:        </CustomAction>

      35:      </CustomActions>

  • Add the Templates with the following code
  •    1: <Templates>

       2:          <RibbonTemplates Id="Mscrm.Templates"></RibbonTemplates>

       3:        </Templates>

  • Add the <<CommandDefinitions>> with the below code
  •    1: <CommandDefinitions>

       2:          <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab">

       3:            <EnableRules>

       4:              <EnableRule Id="Mscrm.Enabled " />

       5:            </EnableRules>

       6:            <DisplayRules>

       7:              <DisplayRule Id="Mscrm.CanWriteOpportunity" />

       8:            </DisplayRules>

       9:            <Actions />

      10:          </CommandDefinition>

      11:          <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.FirstGroup">

      12:            <EnableRules>

      13:              <EnableRule Id="Mscrm.Enabled " />

      14:            </EnableRules>

      15:            <DisplayRules>

      16:              <DisplayRule Id="Mscrm.CanWriteOpportunity" />

      17:            </DisplayRules>

      18:            <Actions />

      19:          </CommandDefinition>

      20:          <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.FirstButton">

      21:            <EnableRules/>

      22:            <DisplayRules/>

      23:            <Actions>

      24:              <Url Address ="http://www.microsoft.com"></Url>

      25:            </Actions>

      26:          </CommandDefinition>

      27:          <CommandDefinition Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.SecondButton">

      28:            <EnableRules/>

      29:            <DisplayRules/>

      30:            <Actions>

      31:              <JavaScriptFunction Library="$webresource:new_/ShowMessage.js" FunctionName="show">

      32:                <StringParameter Value="2" />

      33:              </JavaScriptFunction>

      34:            </Actions>

      35:          </CommandDefinition >

  • Observe how I have added the Actions for the buttons ,generally actions are performed by ribbon controls and these are of 2 types
    • Java script functions
    • Opening an UL
  • If you observe the First button action is “Opening an URL”
  • For  the Second Button action is –On click of the Button it would show the Message from the Java Script Function and also passing a string parameter from the Ribbon control to the JavaScript function
  • Add the <<RuleDefinitions>> with the Following code
  •    1: <RuleDefinitions>

       2:         <TabDisplayRules>

       3:           <TabDisplayRule TabCommand="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomTab">

       4:             <EntityRule EntityName="opportunity" Context="HomePageGrid" />

       5:           </TabDisplayRule>

       6:         </TabDisplayRules>

       7:         <DisplayRules/>

       8:         <EnableRules />

       9:       </RuleDefinitions>

  • In the Rule Definition I specified  exclusively that the buttons should appear on the Grid Ribbon only. Not on the Form Ribbon and Sub Grid Ribbon
  • Add the <LocLables> with the below code
  •    1: <LocLabels>

       2:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.LabelText">

       3:          <Titles>

       4:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="First Button" />

       5:          </Titles>

       6:        </LocLabel>

       7:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Description">

       8:          <Titles>

       9:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="A custom tab for the Opportunity entity." />

      10:          </Titles>

      11:        </LocLabel>

      12:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.Title">

      13:          <Titles>

      14:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="First Group" />

      15:          </Titles>

      16:        </LocLabel>

      17:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.FirstButton.ToolTipDescription">

      18:          <Titles>

      19:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="The first button in the first group." />

      20:          </Titles>

      21:        </LocLabel>

      22:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.Title">

      23:          <Titles>

      24:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="Custom Tab" />

      25:          </Titles>

      26:        </LocLabel>

      27:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.LabelText">

      28:          <Titles>

      29:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="Second Button" />

      30:          </Titles>

      31:        </LocLabel>

      32:        <LocLabel Id="Sample.opportunity.CustomTab.FirstGroup.SecondButton.ToolTipDescription">

      33:          <Titles>

      34:            <Title languagecode="1033" description="The second button in the first group." />

      35:          </Titles>

      36:        </LocLabel>

      37:      </LocLabels>

  • Check the below screenshots  for the functionality
  • Initial display of the buttons on the Opportunity Entity Grid ribbon
  • Adding Buttons on the Grid Ribbon
  • On Click of the  first button an window will open with the URL www.microsoft.com as shown the below screenshot
  • Opening a URL from the CRM2011 Ribbon Button
  • On Click of the second Button  the result look like below screenshot and the “2” is the string parameter we passed to the JavaScript function
  • CRM2011 Ribbon Button Action
  • You can download the Complete Solution from here

Happy Learning Smile

Ribbon Customization-Part 3-Add a Custom Tab to a Specific Entity(Opportunity Entity)

In this post we will see how to add a custom tab to specific entity. I am choosing to add a Custom Tab with name “myCustomTab” to the “Opportunity” Entity

  1. Create a new solution and add the opportunity entity  save and export the solution
  2. Unzip the solution and open the customization file in visual studio
  3. Make sure that you enable the Intellisense  for visual studio 2010 to edit the xml files as discussed in my earlier post
  4. AS the customization file consists of the entire entity we need to find out where the RibbonDiffXML. you can see <RibbonDiffXml> by minimizing the <FormXml> as shown in the below screenshot

 Oppotunity-Adding a Custom Tab Dynamics CRM 2011

5.       To understand  the structure of the Ribbon available for Opportunity entity SDK has given  all entity ribbon xmls  and you can find out at sdk\samplecode\cs\client\ribbon\exportribbonxml\exportedribbonxml\    and you can select the “opportunityribbon.xml” in the Visual studio.

6.        Understand how the existing tabs has been created in the “opportunityribbon.xml” and refer my earlier posts for better understanding on Ribbon customization.

    1. MS Dynamics CRM 2011 :Ribbon Customization Part-1-Add a custom tab to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 ribbon
    2. MS Dynamics CRM 2011 :Ribbon Customization Part-2-Understanding the Ribbon customization

7.        The <RibbonDiffXml> in the Opportunity entity appears as below



          <CustomAction Id =”Mscrm.Isv.GlobalCustomAction” Location=”Mscrm.Tabs._children” Sequence=”500″ Title=”myCustomAction” >


              <Tab Id=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab” Command=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab” Title=”myCustomTab” Description=”myCustomTab” Sequence=”300″>

                <Scaling Id=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.Scaling”>

                  <MaxSize Id=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomGroup.MaxSize” GroupId=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomGroup” Sequence=”20″ Size=”LargeMedium” />

                  <Scale Id=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomGroup.Scale.1″ GroupId=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.CustomGroup” Sequence=”120″ Size=”LargeSmall” />


                <Groups Id=”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab.Groups”>







          <RibbonTemplates Id=”Mscrm.Templates”></RibbonTemplates>





            <TabDisplayRule TabCommand =”Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.CustomTab” >

              <EntityRule AppliesTo =”SelectedEntity”  EntityName =”opportunity” Context =”HomePageGrid”/>




          <EnableRules />




      8.        The end Result is as shown in the below screenshot 

      AddingCustomTab toOpportunity-CRM 2011

9.        Download the unmanaged solution from here

MS Dynamics CRM 2011 :Ribbon Customization Part-1-Add a custom tab to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 ribbon

If you need the basics on  Ribbon customization please check my earlier blog  MS Dynamics CRM 2011 :Ribbon Customization Part-1

Today  we will look at how to add a tab  and a custom button to the tab to the existing CRM 2011 ribbon

  1. Create a new Solution with the name ‘AddCustomTabSolution’
  2. Add the Exisitng’ApplicationRibbon’ to the above solution
  3. Save and Export the solution
  4. Unzip the Solution , Edit the Customization File.
  5. The open the customization file  it appears as below.  

<ImportExportXml xmlns:xsi=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance”&gt;





  <Templates />


    <CustomActions />


      <RibbonTemplates Id=”Mscrm.Templates”></RibbonTemplates>


    <CommandDefinitions />


      <TabDisplayRules />

      <DisplayRules />

      <EnableRules />


    <LocLabels />


  <EntityMaps />

  <EntityRelationships />

  <OrganizationSettings />

  <optionsets />





6. Now our task is to add a Tab to the Ribbon . as from our earlier post we know that whatever we need to do(Add, Remove, Hide items) on the Ribbon we need to do under CustomActions

7. Adding a Custom Action By Specifying the CustomAction 

<CustomAction Id=”Mscrm.ISV.MyCustomTabAction” Location=”Mscrm.Tabs._children” Sequence=”1000″>

          <Tab Id=”Mscrm.ISV.MyCustomTab” Command=”Mscrm.ISV.MyCustomTabCommand” Description=”Custom Tab” Title=”Custom Tab” Sequence=”1000″>

            <Scaling Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Scaling”>

              <MaxSize Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0.MaxSize” Sequence=”10″ GroupId=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″ Size=”Large” />

              <Scale Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0.Scale.Medium” Sequence=”20″ GroupId=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″ Size=”Medium” />

              <Scale Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0.Scale.Small” Sequence=”30″ GroupId=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″ Size=”Small” />

              <Scale Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0.Scale.Popup” Sequence=”40″ GroupId=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″ Size=”Popup” />


            <Groups Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Groups”>

              <Group Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″ Sequence=”10″ Command=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″ Title=”Custom Group1″ Description=”Custom Group1″ Template=”Mscrm.Templates.Flexible”>






8. Specify the Command Definition


      <CommandDefinition Id=”Mscrm.ISV.MyCustomTabCommand”>

        <EnableRules />


          <DisplayRule Id=”Mscrm.ISV.MyCustomTabCommand” />


        <Actions />


      <CommandDefinition Id=”Mscrm.Isv.Global.Group0″>

        <EnableRules />

        <DisplayRules />

        <Actions />



9.   Specify the display Rule

<DisplayRule Id=”Mscrm.ISV.MyCustomTabAction”>



            <CrmClientTypeRule Type=”Web” />   




10.  Save the Customization file, Zip the Solution and import the Solution and Refresh the Web page you can see the Custom Tab with the Custom Button inside a Custom Group  and the ribbon now looks like as shown in the screenshot.

Adding a Custom Tab to MS CRM 2011

The entire customization file  can be Downloaded here .
Unmanaged Solution can be downloaded here

MS Dynamics CRM 2011 :Ribbon Customization Part-1

What is a Ribbon?
Ribbon is the primary location for controls that are used to perform actions in Microsoft Dynamics CRM as shown below. Ribbons facilitate the user s to have the right command at the right place meaning it shows the context sensitive controls and commands

MS Dynamics CRM 2011 Ribbon

Ribbon Contains the Following Elements
1. Tabs
2. Tabs contains the Groups
3. Groups contains the Controls as shown in the below screenshot ( an application level Ribbon)

How many different levels the Ribbon customization can be done?
the answer would be 4 levels and they are

  • Application Level (For Ex: Adding a Tab that will be visible on the entire application)
    • Web Application Ribbon
      • Jewel –A blue tab with the label File that appears far left of the ribbon ( this is also displayed in the entity form) .This provides a Menu item
      • Basic Home Tab:- The basic home tab is displayed on the main application ribbon whenever an alternative tab is not defined, For example, this tab is displayed when you view the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Resource Center
    • Outlook Ribbon
      • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 and 2007
      • Microsoft Office Outlook 2010
  • Form Level (For Ex: Adding a Tab on all Forms)
  • Grid Level (For Ex: Adding a Tab that will be displayed in grid pages)
  • Entity Level (Fro Ex: Removing a button from the entity)


Microsoft Dynamics CRM contains default <RibbonDiffXml> (RibbonDiffXml) definitions for all ribbons in the application

The structure of RibbonDiffXml looks like below when we export the RibbonDiffXml from the brand new CRM 2011 installation.


  <CustomActions />


    <RibbonTemplates Id=”Mscrm.Templates”></RibbonTemplates>


  <CommandDefinitions />


    <TabDisplayRules />

    <DisplayRules />

    <EnableRules />


  <LocLabels />


CustomActions : we can do the following actions on the items under custom actions

  • Add an item
  • Replace an item
  • Remove an item
  • Hide an Item

Templates : Collection of Ribbon Templates

Command Definitions :Contains the Commands for the ribbon controls

  • EnableRules
  • Display Rules
  • Actions 
    • Javascript Fucntions
    • URL
    • Outlook command

RuleDefinitons : Contains collection of Rule definitions which include

  • Tab Display Rules : Specify the  conditions  when Tab will display
  • Display Rules :Rule used to display a ribbon element or reference to a “Display Rule “ from a command definition
  • Enable Rules : Enable or disable a ribbon element or   to reference a n “Enable Rule “from  a command definition

LocLables : Specifies a text string associated with a language code.

RibbonNotSupported  :To indicate Entity Doesn’t support the Ribbon. << this is not shown in the above RibbonDiffXml>> ( we will see how this will work in another post)