.NET4Office

A blog by Eric Carter

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    Using VSTO Document Features in Application-Level Add-Ins

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    One commonly asked for feature in VSTO is the ability to use Word document and Excel workbook features in Application-level add-in projects. Starting with Visual Studio 2008 SP1, there is now a mechanism to use many of the document-level features in your...
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    Creating Application-Level Smart Tags in VSTO

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    VSTO’s document-level Smart Tags are great when you want to recognize a term in a particular document or a class of document created from a template. What are your options when you want to recognize a term in all open documents? I'm going to show...
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    Seeking feedback on VBA if you are at TechEd this month

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    Do you use VBA (or any other extensibility mechanism) in Office and are you headed to TechEd? If so the we would like to talk with you in an "invitation only" meeting. This is your chance to share your feedback and influence the work that Microsoft is...
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    How to Keep Visual Studio from Trying To Upgrade Office 2003 Projects

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    Tony Crider blogs on how you can get Visual Studio to stop bugging you to upgrade an Office 2003 project on a machine where you have Office 2007 installed.
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    In the category of interesting add-ins for Word...it's Linktacular

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    A VSTO add-in for Word that hyperlinks all the acronyms you've used in a Word document (and defined in a dictionary file) to Wikipedia or alternate links. http://blog.focas.net.au/2008/05/11/WikipediaiseACVSTOWordAddin.aspx I thought of Amanda Silver...
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    Office Development While You Workout

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    Harry Miller has done a really cool series of podcasts that you can download and listen to while you workout, drive, etc. See http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/archive/2008/04/17/office-development-audio-series-1-is-now-available-harry-miller.aspx Super cool...
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    Inter-AddIn Communications

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    This is an important article to read if you've every wondered about how to get add-ins you've written to talk to other add-ins loaded in the same Office process. http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/archive/2008/05/07/calling-into-a-vsto-add-in-from-a-com-smart...
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    Getting My Head Around Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 Object Model Changes

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    I'm trying to get my head around all the changes in the Outlook 2007 object model. Some good resources are found on MSDN: New Objects, Collections, and Enumerations New Members and Constants Object Model Changes Since Microsoft Office 2003 Developer Issues...
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    VBA and VSTO Can Be Friends (Part III)

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    When we last left our heroes: We created a word document, turned on the developer tab, and recorded a macro into the word document called MyMacro We worked with the trust center to make c:\vstotemp a trusted location including subfolders. We saved our...
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    Deploying VSTO 2008 add-ins to all users (continued)

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    Misha blogs again, this time about how to install a VSTO 2008 add-in to all users on a machine. Deploying your VSTO 2008 Add-In to All Users (Part III)
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    VBA and VSTO Can Be Friends (Part II)

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    VBA code can easily be called from VSTO.  Here are the basic steps. Create a document with VBA code in it. Declare a public function or subroutine in the VBA code behind the document. Figure out a trusted location to create a VSTO project from Create...
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    VSTO 2008 Case Studies

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    Slavishly copied from John Durant's blog, I hadn't seen these before so I thought I'd pass them one.  They are two case studies showing how CME Group and Dell used Visual Studio 2008 and the new features of VSTO in their solutions. CME Group Link...
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    Video on VSTO Power Tools

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    There's a nice intro video to the VSTO Power Tools we recently released on Channel 9.  Hopefully when i get a little more time, I'll be able to blog a bit more about these tools.  For now, check out the video intro: http://channel9.msdn.com...
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    VBA and VSTO Can Be Friends (Part I)

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    One of the cool new features of VSTO 3.0 is better support for what I would term "Extending VBA with VSTO". Our strategy here and what we recommend to customers is that we aren't going to try to migrate all your VBA code to VSTO--this is a bit of an unsolvable...
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    OBA Sample Application for PeopleSoft

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    During Kurt DelBene’s keynote at Collaborate 08 the OBA Sample Application Kit for PeopleSoft—a new addition to the small family of OBA Sample Application Kits—was announced  This kit was designed for developers and architects to...
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    How Do I Get My VSTO Add-in for Office 2007 to Install for All Users?

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    This is a common question with VSTO 3.0 add-ins.  Office only allows VSTO add-ins to be registered under HKCU in the registry which means they can only be installed for the user that runs your add-in setup on their account, not available to all users...
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    ApplicationClass Needn't Be Avoided

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    Geoff Darst--an engineer on our team--sent this to me a while back and I think it would be good to pass it on. I still think in general people avoid using ApplicationClass because it makes your code look like the VBA and VB6 code everyone is familiar...
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    How to get VSTO ClickOnce add-ins to "Update Now"

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    Kristopher Makey, an engineer on my team, blogs about how to add an "Update Now" button to get a VSTO add-in to force an update . Update: He has a second article which is more complete here . Unfortunately it's a bit of a hack for now, but if you really...
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    Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map v.2

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    Something to check out if you haven't seen it yet.  This was released earlier this year. http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/devmap The Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map is a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that helps developers...
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    Setting the BackColor to match the Office 2007 color scheme

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    Daniel Molina, a developer on my team, shared this code which is useful if you want to detect the Office color scheme (e.g. black, silver, blue) and try to match the backcolor of your ActionsPane or other UI you show to match that color. A couple of...
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    Why are there two design time adaptors loading in Excel 2007

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    So, while running Excel 2007 with VSTO installed, you may have noticed that there are two design time adaptors registered, one for Excel 2003 and one for Excel 2007: I asked one of our engineers, Richard Cook, to give me a run down of why we do this. ...
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    VSTO Outlook Add-in Talks and Obeys Your Commands

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    If you haven't checked this out yet, it is worth looking at. Nathan Carlson, a developer on my team, created a VSTO Outlook Add-in that can read your mail using voice synthesis and also responds to voice commands. You can download the source code here...
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    VSTO Team Blog has Moved

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    The VSTO team blog has moved to http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto , and the RSS feed is http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto/rss.xml . The team blog is an interesting source of insider information on VSTO, I'd encourage you to subscribe. Some cool recent posts over there...
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    VSTO Runtime Versions Explained

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    Andrew Whitechapel posted a great article explaining the multiple versions of the VSTO runtime. http://blogs.msdn.com/andreww/archive/2008/04/02/vsto-loader-and-runtime-components.aspx One anecdote that I find entertaining--the original VSTO runtime was...
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    Communicator VSTO Add-in for Outlook

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    Michael Dunn posted a cool VSTO add-in for Outlook that integrates Outlook and Communicator.  All the code is there as well. The add-in puts the communicator window inside of Outlook in a task pane.
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