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Microsoft® SharePoint® Designer 2010 Unleashed by Kathy Hughes

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Considerations Around Adding Custom Actions to the Ribbon

When adding custom actions to the ribbon, you need to consider how users interact with the action in conjunction with selecting list items. For instance, will the custom action be set to an inactive state when no items are selected, or set to an active state when a single list item or multiple list items are selected? By default, when you create custom actions in SharePoint Designer, those custom actions follow the same rules as the default ribbon commands and are shown in active state when a list item is selected. If you plan on extending custom actions by working with Features then you need to more closely monitor the relationship between list item selection and custom action behavior. ...

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