Ribbon Customization-Part 6-Add a Custom Group and Custom Buttons to Existing Tab for a Specific Entity(Opportunity Entity)

As we have seen how to add Custom Tab,Custom Group, Custom Buttons to Display on Entity Form, Sub Grids, in my earlier post, Today we will see how to add Custom Group and Custom Buttons to an existing tab for Opportunity Entity.

To day we will perform the following tasks

  1. We will add a Custom group with the Buttons in the Opportunities Tab(i.e Homepage Grid) for Opportunity  entity as shown in the below screenshot
  2. Adding Custom Buttons to Exsiting Tab in MSCRM 2011 ribbon Customization
  3. As usual create a new solution with the Opportunity entity, save and export it
  4. unzip the solution and Edit the “customizations.xml”
  5. As we need to add  a custom group to the existing tab we need to get the Id of the Tab and also the Group id where we want to place the new group. So for this we need to check the Opportunityribbon.xml which will be available under the folder \\ sdk\samplecode\cs\client\ribbon\exportribbonxml\exportedribbonxml\
  6. Opportunityribbon.xml will appear as shown in the below screenshot and we will add the custom group with buttons to the Home Page Grid main tab and the tab in which we are going to create a new group is  highlighted and also the group where we are creating a new group next to the group is also shown in the below screenshot
  7. OpportunityRibbonxml with groups
  8. I defined the customActions as shown in the below  code snippet
       1: <CustomAction Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.MaxSize.CustomAction" Location="Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.MainTab.Scaling._children" Sequence="150">

       2:             <CommandUIDefinition>

       3:               <MaxSize Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.MaxSize" GroupId="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Group" Sequence="21" Size="LargeLarge" />

       4:             </CommandUIDefinition>

       5:           </CustomAction>


       7:           <CustomAction Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.CustomAction" Location="Mscrm.HomepageGrid.opportunity.MainTab.Groups._children" Sequence="115">

       8:             <CommandUIDefinition>

       9:               <Group Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Group" Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Command" Title="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Title" Sequence="85" Template="Mscrm.Templates.3.3" >

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

      11:                   <Button Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A" Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.Command" Sequence="10" LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.LabelText" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.LabelText" ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.Description" TemplateAlias="o1" Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png" Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" />

      12:                   <Button Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B" Command="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.Command" Sequence="20" LabelText="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.LabelText" ToolTipTitle="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.LabelText" ToolTipDescription="$LocLabels:Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.Description" TemplateAlias="o1" Image16by16="/_imgs/ribbon/AddEmail_16.png" Image32by32="/_imgs/ribbon/Email_32.png" />

      13:                 </Controls>

      14:               </Group>

      15:             </CommandUIDefinition>

      16:           </CustomAction> 

      17:         </CustomActions>

  9. Added the corresponding CommandDefinition as shown in the below code snippet
  10.    1: <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.Description">

       2:         <Titles>

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

       4:         </Titles>

       5:       </LocLabel>

       6:       <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.Description">

       7:         <Titles>

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

       9:         </Titles>

      10:       </LocLabel>


      12:       <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Title">

      13:         <Titles>

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

      15:         </Titles>

      16:       </LocLabel>

      17:       <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.LabelText">

      18:         <Titles>

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

      20:         </Titles>

      21:       </LocLabel>

      22:       <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.A.ToolTipDescription">

      23:         <Titles>

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

      25:         </Titles>

      26:       </LocLabel>

      27:       <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.LabelText">

      28:         <Titles>

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

      30:         </Titles>

      31:       </LocLabel>

      32:       <LocLabel Id="Sample.Grid.opportunity.CustomGroup.Button.B.ToolTipDescription">

      33:         <Titles>

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

      35:         </Titles>

      36:       </LocLabel>

  11. In total We have added the CustomActions   for Group and the Scaling for the group
  12. In the Group we created the buttons
  13. For buttons we have added the Command Definitions and Corresponding the Labels
  14. Zip the Solution and import it to CRM and navigate to opportunities  you can see the desired result
  15. Download the  Complete solution from here

Note:This post solution contains the customizations of the earlier post as well

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