John R. Durant's WebLog

Blog of "The" Office Developer

January, 2004

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About John R. Durant's WebLog

This blog is the main "pulpit" for Microsoft's Office Developer technologies-- although the opinions and views expressed are the author's own. John frequently writes about technical details, tools, and features that developers care about when building productivity solutions. He also adds the very popular "Rock Thought of the Day" to each post.

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    New doc on doc properties

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    We just published a new article “ Reading and Writing Custom Document Properties in Microsoft Office Word 2003 with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET ” by Frank Rice. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/?url=/library/en-us/odc_wd2003_ta/html/odc_wdcustprop...
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    Taming Outlook

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    Chris Kunicki’s recent blog entry ( http://blogs.officezealot.com/MT/mt-tb.cgi/159 ) on taming Outlook reminded me of a little modification I made to Outlook to get a specific behavior I liked. Outlook 2003 has the cool feature for flagging items...
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    .NET GroupBox controls and the reverse ordering of numbers

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    So, I found this interesting thing happening in the way .NET orders controls to a collection. I am not talking TabIndex here. I was working on this little app that has a GroupBox on a form. I added some radiobuttons to the groupbox. When a user updates...
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    What do you want?

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    I was sitting here planning the Web site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/office ) getting things in place, pushing developer content while I mess around with Windows Media Encoder on the side. My questions: What changes do you want on the site? What content...
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    Get going with Smart Documents

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    If you are looking for tutorials on how to get going with smart documents, I recommend the following articles, the second of which is brand new! Article “The Definitive "Hello World" Managed Smart Document Tutorial” : http://msdn.microsoft...
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    Spotlight on InfoPath

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    Our main dev center page just (moments ago) went live with a new spotlight on InfoPath. Lots of great content is arriving daily! Check it out now. http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/
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    Tablet PC and Office

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    OK- so I just got out of this meeting, wherein we were discussing some up-coming content for the site ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/office ) I manage (really it’s managed by capable hands at MSDN, but my team and I do all of the content management...
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    Newsgator is growing on me fast

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    One of the features that is outrageously good is that you can right-click on a link for an RSS feed and a pop-up menu lets you choose to Subscribe in NewsGator . Voilà! The RSS feed appears in your list in Outlook. Thanks to Chris Kunicki for getting...
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    newsgator adds value in more ways than one.

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    I just installed newsgator, and I am not sure if I can adore it as others seem to have. I’ll give it time. I like the idea of adding value to my Outlook experience. But, another benefit came along. So often, when I use non-Microsoft software, my...
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    Beatles-Let it be...

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    Yesterday, my new Beatles CD arrived from www.bn.com , and it is the new unadorned version of the Let it Be tracks. I highly recommend this album. You hear the Beatles as few ever heard them. It's been in continuous loop in my computer since this morning...
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    Office and a short, bald man

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    I figured I would get the truth about my demographic out there right from the start. Actually, this is not my first blog. I started my blog www.officezealot.com last year, and I thank Chris Kunicki for getting me going. He's amazing. Get to know him a...
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