Paul Stubbs

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  • Blog Post: I Heart VBA Macros

    Today at TechEd we launched a new MSDN developer site dedicated to creating VBA Office Macros. Go to www.iheartmacros.com to get started. The site contains tools and resources for tech savvy users and beginners to get going creating powerful Office applications. Developer Atlas Check out the...
  • Blog Post: How to get a copy of Office 2010 technical preview

    More details have been coming out of TechEd 2009 this week. One of the cool announcements is that the Office 2010 technical preview is just around the corner. This will be closed release. If you were lucky enough to go to TechEd you are first in line. But there is still hope for the rest of us. Run,...
  • Blog Post: Office tip: Word Format Painter gets sticky

    The Format Painter feature in Office is one on my favorite features. If you are not familiar with this feature it allows you to apply formatting to text based on the format of some other text in your document. I use this feature a lot while writing specs. The spec template that we use is standardized...
  • Blog Post: VSTO: My Favorite Feature - ClickOnce Deployment

    One of my favorite features in the latest version of VSTO is ClickOnce Deployment. ClickOnce deployment makes securely deploying my Office add-in and document level solutions easy. VSTO deployment supports, Local , HTTP , UNC , CD / DVD and USB locations. This gives you the flexibility to deploy your...
  • Blog Post: Top 20 cool new features of VSTA

    Now that VSTA has RTM’d (See KD Hallman’s announcement at http://blogs.msdn.com/vsta ) I would like to call out all of the great features of VSTA. You can see some of these features in action today as part of InfoPath 2007. Just install InfoPath 2007, open a form and press Alt-Shift-F12. The VSTA IDE...
  • Blog Post: New VSTO team member blog

    After all of this time Kathleen McGrath who is member of the VSTO team and has been responsible for most of the VSTO team blog posts has finally started her own blog. http://blogs.msdn.com/Kathleen/ . Kathleen has been doing a lot of great work in her spare time creating video tutorials for the team...
  • Blog Post: VSTA: What is an Add-in?

    This is an excellent question posed by TQ, one of our architects, on his blog . The definition of an add-in is: An “Add-in” is any component that is dynamically discovered and loaded by its host. It usually is compiled separately from the host and the host and Add-in version independently of each...
  • Blog Post: HowTo: Create a SmartTag in VB or C# in less than 10 lines of code

    Creating SmartTags for Word and Excel using VSTO 2005 has become incredibly simple. I will show you how to create a SmartTag that interacts with an ActionsPane in less than 10 lines of code, including adding the ActionsPane. One of the hardest things to do in Office development has now become one of...
  • Blog Post: Attaching custom properties to your VSTO 2005 SmartTag

    VSTO 2005 makes attaching custom properties to a Smart Tag easy. These properties can be used by the Smart Tag action. See my previous post VSTO 2005 makes Smart Tags smarter (and easier) to learn how to create VSTO SmartTags. Let’s image that you are creating a VSTO Word document for a large insurance...
  • Blog Post: Create Watermarks using VSTO 2005 (Part 2 C#)

    In my blog yesterday I showed How to create a Word Watermark using VSTO 2005 . This was relatively easy to do using VB .Net. Today I will show you the same code using VSTO 2005 and C# (for those of you who like abuse). I have tried to make the code exactly the same as the VB code so you should be able...
  • Blog Post: Create Watermarks using VSTO 2005

    Programmatically creating watermarks in Word can be a challenge. Here I have created the code to add and remove watermarks in Word using VSTO 2005. The way I created this code is the way the many VBA programmers work. They record a macro doing the action that they want to automate. Then they tweak the...
  • Blog Post: VSTO 2005 makes Smart Tags smarter (and easier)

    Smart Tags are VSTO’s newest feature. They have been added to the product since Beta 1 has shipped. VSTO 2005 does for Smart Tags what it did for Action Pane , makes it easy and understandable for a .net programmer. Smart Tags in Office have been around since Office XP and updated in Office 2003. The...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon Day 3: VSTO 2005 is the star of the BillG Keynote

    So it’s the last day of the Office Developers conference and the best was definitely saved for last: a full day of VSTO 2005. The day started with an excellent demo of Visual Studio code snippets by Matt Hessinger . (See his MSDN Article : Overview of Code Snippets Using Visual Studio Tools for Office...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCon Day 2: Ask the Experts

    The first day of the conference was great! There has been so much information about Office development. It is refreshing to see Office seriously getting behind the Office developers to help them be successful. On day two I spent my lunch with some other members of the VSTO 2005 product team in an "Ask...
  • Blog Post: Office Developers ARE the key to Office's success

    This article Microsoft Hosts First Office Systems Developers Conference correctly points outs that developers are key to Office being successful. I think that has always been true for Microsoft. Developers are key to the Windows platform as they are to the Office platform.
  • Blog Post: Office Developers Conference Starts Today

    The Microsoft Office System 2003 Developers conference starts today here on the Microsoft campus. I think this is a great start at bringing the Office Developer into the spotlight. Office is a powerful platform for developers. In the past the focus has been on the end user, but that's starting to change...
  • Blog Post: XMLNode and XMLNodes View Control Video Demo

    Last month I did a webcast on view control programming in Office 2003 with VSTO 2005 . You can watch the archive video here: View Control Programming in Word 2003 and Excel 2003 . I have re-recorded the Word XMLNode Demo. This is a much better quality than the webcast. This demo takes you through how...
  • Blog Post: Bookmark View Controls Video Demo

    Last month I did a webcast on view control programming in Office 2003 with VSTO 2005 . You can watch the archive video here: View Control Programming in Word 2003 and Excel 2003 . I have re-recorded the Word Bookmark Demo. This is a much better quality than the webcast. This demo takes you through the...
  • Blog Post: 1 Year Microsoft Anniversary

    Well it's hard to believe that its been one year already. The time has gone by so quickly. I have learned so much in my first year about the way that Microsoft works. It is totally amazing what it takes to make a product, the thousands of people involved. When I first started the team was just finishing...
  • Blog Post: View Control Programming in Word and Excel 2003 - Webcast

    The VSTO team will be doing a bunch of webcasts over the next month. I will be giving one of them. My webcast will be on August 4th at 1pm PST. My topic is View Control Programming in Word 2003 and Excel 2003 using VSTO 2005 . This is going to be a great talk about view controls, what they are and how...
  • Blog Post: Office 12 is Coming

    It looks like MVP's will get the first look at some details of the next version of Office. http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1543350,00.asp If you are not an MVP here is the site to get you started.
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