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IRibbonUI.InvalidateControl Method

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Invalidates the cached value for a single control on the Ribbon user interface.



expression   An expression that returns a IRibbonUI object.


Name Required/Optional Data Type Description
bstrControlID Required String Specifies the ID of the control that will be invalidated.


You can customize the Ribbon UI by using callback procedures in COM add-ins. For each of the callbacks the add-in implements, the responses are cached. For example, if an add-in writer implements the getImage callback procedure for a button, the function is called once, the image loads, and then if the image needs to be updated, the cached image is used instead of recalling the procedure. This process remains in-place for the control until the add-in signals that the cached values are invalid by using the InvalidateControl method, at which time, the callback procedure is again called and the return response is cached.


In the following example, starting the host application triggers the onLoad event procedure that then calls a procedure which creates an object representing the Ribbon UI. Next, a callback procedure is defined that invalidates a control on the UI and then refreshes the UI.

Visual Basic for Applications
  In the XML markup file:
<customUI … OnLoad=”MyAddInInitialize” …>

In the VBA code: Dim MyRibbon As IRibbonUI

Sub MyAddInInitialize(Ribbon As IRibbonUI) (You declare this function in your VBA Markup) Set MyRibbon = Ribbon End Sub

Sub myFunction() MyRibbon.InvalidateControl("control5") ‘ Invalidates the cache of a single control
End Sub

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