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Using Managed Controls as ActiveX Controls
Can you use a managed usercontrol in an Office document in the same way that you can use a native ActiveX control – all without using VSTO? Some time ago, I posted about how to use native ActiveX controls within a doc-level VSTO solution, by wrapping them in managed usercontrols. A reader (Casey) asked...
25 Nov 2008
VSTO Loader and Runtime Components
Perusing the forums over the last few months, it’s clear that there’s some confusion about the various VSTO loader and runtime components. At the time of writing, there are 4 versions of VSTO in existence, including 4 sets of design-time tooling and 3.5 versions of the VSTO runtime. I say 3.5 versions...
2 Apr 2008
Integrating Doc-level and Add-in Solutions
Everyone knows you can build document-level Office solutions and you can build application-level Office add-ins. Suppose your requirements dictate that you build a solution that uses both techniques – can this be done? First, let’s pause and consider whether this is a good idea in the first place, and...
20 Mar 2008
ActiveX Controls in VSTO Solutions
In the past, before it became strategically acceptable to build Office-based solutions in managed code, it was common for people to build such solutions using pure COM technologies. They built native COM add-ins, using C/C++, or they built document-level customizations using VB and VBA. In some scenarios...
13 Mar 2008
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