Ribbon Customization

Last modified by tomast on 2020/09/30 14:25



Create your own Custom Tabs and Ribbons with IMPACT Revit Commands - Customize IMPACT Revit to your own language and specifications!

The Ribbon customization feature has been created with the purpose to allow users to manage the menu commands by project, company or user needs. For example, if the project contains only Structural Framing elements like Columns and Beams, unnecessary commands like walls and form slabs can be removed by configuration. The feature also provides users with the flexibility to create new Tabs, Panels and Stacked Items or rename functions.

Configuration files can be saved and imported into any project at any time. 


Figure 1 - Ribbon customisation dialogue

New configuration

Before making a new configuration, the functionality for different setups is explained below.

Title MeaningExample
1. Add TabA new TAB next To "IMPACT". All new Tabs should start with "IMPACT ..."tab.png


2. Add Panel


A new panel which groups functions under Panel Name



3. Split Button


Split button displays functions in drop-down display type

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4. Stacked Item


Stacks three rows of functions with smaller icons


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5. Single function


A function, not assigned under any display type, stands as single


To start with, find the "Ribbon Customisation" tool under Project.


Figure 2 - Ribbon Customization button.

The dialogue window is made of two sides - left side represents Ribbon customization as it is, Right side displays all features available. To find the specific feature, the "Filter" function can be used.

Any new forms of the display should be added working on the left side. The structure is based on Tree-hierarchy system as follows: Tab - Panel - Display type - Functions.

Meaning that, if need Tab is about to be created, then right-click on the very first line in the tree-structure and select "Add Tab", A new line appears called "IMPACT (1)", rename it by right -click and Rename function. 

When Display types are added (Also using right-click on the instances in Project-Tree), functions can be brought from the right side by simply dragging and dropping to the left. 

Try to discover other options of configuration repeating the steps explained above:

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Figure 3 - Right-click options

Save / Load / Reset configuration

Once the configuration is ready, the XML file with new settings has to be saved. Click on "Save Configuration" and choose the location (default location is in the Standard folder). - This allows one person to quickly create a configuration for a whole company, and share it with all colleagues.

Note: Some software-based functions like "Link project", "About" cannot be removed. The error message informs the user before saving the file. 

If a previously created configuration is about to be used, click on "Load configuration" and find it from the file location. 

Note: The new configuration is only applied after Revit is restarted. 

To come back to the IMPACT Standard ribbon configuration, use the "Reset" button. 


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