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The Classic UI Designer

How do I get to this dialog box?
  1. Open a session document in the Classic user interface mode.

  2. Open the Classic UI Designer:

    • For a VT session, on the Setup menu, choose Toolbar.

    • For other types of sessions, Choose Settings on the Options menu and then under User Interface, choose Manage Ribbon. Then choose Modify the currently selected Ribbon file or Create a new Ribbon from an existing Ribbon file. (When you are using the Classic MDI user interface mode, these Ribbon settings are actually toolbar and menu settings.)

With the UI Designer, you can create or modify the menus and toolbars that you use for the Classic interface mode. You can set up sessions to share the same customized menus and toolbars or you can set up unique menus and toolbars for each session.

How To Customize Menus and Toolbars in Reflection Desktop Classic Mode

After you customize menus and toolbars for a session and save these settings, you can apply them to other sessions. You can also import toolbars from Reflection 14 or Extra! sessions and then save them in Reflection .xuml files that can be applied to other sessions.


For IBM sessions, only Extra! and Reflection Desktop toolbar files can be imported. For VT sessions, Extra!, Reflection Desktop, and Reflection 14 toolbar files can be imported.

The Design View displays a dynamic, graphical view of the menu and toolbars that you are creating or modifying. After you insert the controls, you can assign them to any of the actions supported by Reflection Desktop.

You'll save your changes in a custom UI file (.xuml) that you can use with other session documents.


If the currently selected Custom UI file is one of the built-in files that is included in the installation folder, Reflection automatically creates an editable copy of the built-in file and saves the copy with your modifications to the CustomUI folder in your Reflection user data folder.

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Customize Classic Menus and Toolbars

To import toolbars