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Customizing Siemens NX Ribbons: Enhancing Your Workflow with Custom Tabs and Tools
21 Nov, 2023



Siemens NX, a powerful and versatile CAD/CAM/CAE software, offers a multitude of features to help engineers and designers streamline their workflows. One way to optimize your experience with Siemens NX is by customizing its ribbons, making it easier to access your most frequently used tools and functions. In this blog post, we’ll explore the process of ribbon customization in Siemens NX Open Platform, from creating new ribbon tabs to incorporating custom applications. We’ll also delve into the files associated with ribbon customization—rtb, men, grb, and gly files.

Why Customize Siemens NX Ribbons?

Before we dive into the technical details, let’s briefly discuss why you might want to customize the ribbons in Siemens NX. Customizing ribbons offers several advantages:

  1. Efficiency: You can create custom tabs, groups, and menus to organize tools based on your workflow, reducing the time spent searching for commands.
  2. Specialization: Tailor the interface to your specific tasks, making Siemens NX more user-friendly and efficient for your unique needs.
  3. Visibility: Highlight important tools and functions for you and your team, ensuring essential commands are always at your fingertips.

Creating Custom Ribbon Tabs

In Siemens NX Open Platform, you can create custom ribbon tabs to organize commands for various tasks or projects. Follow these steps:

  1. Access Ribbon Customization: Go to the “Customize” menu and select “Ribbon” to access the Ribbon Customization interface.
  2. Add a New Tab: Click the “New Tab” button and give your tab a name. You can also specify where it should appear in the ribbon.
  3. Create Groups: Within your new tab, you can create groups to categorize related commands. These groups make it easier to locate specific tools.

Incorporating Custom Applications

One of the powerful features of Siemens NX is the ability to integrate custom applications into your ribbons. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Define Commands: In your custom application, define the commands you want to include in the ribbon.
  2. Create Ribbon Buttons: In the Ribbon Customization interface, add buttons and specify their actions, such as running your custom commands.
  3. Group Your Applications: Organize your custom applications into groups and galleries to create a seamless user experience.

Understanding File Types

Customizing ribbons involves creating and editing various file types:

  1. .rtb (Ribbon Tab File): This file defines the structure of your custom ribbon tab, including the groups and buttons it contains.
  2. .men (Menu File): Menus define the dropdown menus associated with your custom ribbon tab.
  3. .grb (Group File): Group files specify the layout and content of groups within your custom tab.
  4. .gly (Gallery File): Gallery files define galleries and their contents, allowing you to showcase images or previews of your custom applications.


Customizing ribbons in Siemens NX Open Platform offers a powerful way to optimize your workflow, enhance your productivity, and streamline access to your most-used tools. By creating custom ribbon tabs, incorporating your custom applications, and understanding the associated file types, you can tailor Siemens NX to your specific needs. Whether you’re an engineer, designer, or simulation expert, harnessing the full potential of Siemens NX through ribbon customization is sure to boost your efficiency and effectiveness.

Thank you for joining us in this exploration of ribbon customization in Siemens NX Open Platform. We hope this guide empowers you to create a workspace that perfectly suits your CAD/CAM/CAE needs.


Dionysios Petropoulos
Software Engineer at FEAC Engineering
Computer Informatics and Engineering UOP
e-mail: d.petropoulos@feacomp.com
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