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  • Blog Post: Troubleshoot VSTO Add-In Load Failures (Navneet Gupta)

    We have helped many developers in troubleshooting VSTO add-in load failures. Hamed has written a very nice blog post explaining the basic steps to troubleshoot VSTO add-in load failures. Even if you have not faced this issue yet, I recommend reading the post because it contains basic information about...
  • Blog Post: Why Should I Upgrade from .Net Framework 3.5 to .Net Framework 4 ? (Navneet Gupta)

    I was chatting with some of my friends about Visual Studio 2010 and .Net Framework 4 and they asked me why should they move their application to .Net Framework 4, I am answering the question here for everybody to benefit. Frankly speaking there is no definitive answer; it is like there is no single pill...
  • Blog Post: Deploying COM Add-ins for 64-bit Office using Visual Studio (Saaid Khan for Nathan Halstead)

    Nathan Halstead is a Program Manager on the Visual Studio Team. He is responsible for various aspects of Visual Studio extensibility, and is an avid ice hockey enthusiast. On occasion, he’s been known to guest author technical articles on various Microsoft blogs and forums. My only contribution to this...
  • Blog Post: Deploying your VSTO add-ins to All Users (Saurabh Bhatia)

    An often-requested feature for VSTO add-ins is the ability to install an add-in for all users of a machine. Misha Shneerson had blogged about a workaround to enable this scenario here . This workaround is not recommended. Now, deploying an add-in to All Users is supported for both Microsoft Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Taking COM Shim Wizards to 64-bit (Beth Massi)

    When you build a managed Office extension of any kind, you should ensure that your extension is isolated from other extensions that might be loaded into the application. You do this by creating a custom shim. VSTO solutions do not require custom shims because the VSTO runtime includes default shim functionality...
  • Blog Post: Add a Custom Task Pane to Project 2010 (Norm Estabrook)

    Good news! Project 2010 supports custom task panes! Bad News! Getting one to appear in a Project 2010 is not so obvious. Good News! It’s a lot easier than I make it sound. In this post, I’ll show you how to add a custom task pane to Project 2010 by using a Project 2010 or Project 2007 project template...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Application Compatibility Program (Beth Massi)

    If you missed it, Office announced a compatibility program to help IT and developers who have built add-ins make a seamless upgrade to Office 2010.  We want you to have a successful and seamless migration to Office 2010 for your VSTO solutions. The program provides tools for environment assessment...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010: Specify advanced publishing options (Saurabh Bhatia)

    I have previously posted how you can specify various properties for a VSTO solution like the Publisher and Product Names by tweaking a few files in Visual Studio 2008. With Visual Studio 2010 ( Beta 2 ) you can edit these properties directly through the Publish Page. All Office projects in Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Community Article: Automate Common Office Tasks (Beth Massi)

    If you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve got a new article from Robert Green (MVP) up on the VSTO Dev Center . In this article, learn how you can use Visual Studio to build application-level add-ins that automate common Microsoft Office tasks. It’s a good introduction to Office development with Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Do Your Outlook UI Elements Need Counseling? - Get your Form Regions, Ribbons, and Task Panes Talking to Each Other Again (Norm Estabrook)

    So you want to open a task pane by using a button on the Ribbon. You also want a form region that appears in an e-mail item to detect the state of a control on a custom task pane so that you can add or remove an option that appears in a Ribbon menu right? Ok, I completely made this scenario up. But at...
  • Blog Post: Here is a Way to Get the ID of a Built-in Outlook Command Bar Menu (Norm Estabrook)

    Recently, a forum poster asked us how he could add a submenu item to a built-in menu item in Outlook.  Note that these are not controls that appear on the Ribbon of an Outlook item, but rather the menus that drop down from the top of the Outlook Explorer such as the View menu and the Tools menu...
  • Blog Post: My Word Add-In Creates Duplicate Menu Items. Make it Stop! (Norm Estabrook)

    So I want my add-in to place a custom command into the shortcut menu. The shortcut menu is that cool menu that appears when you right-click a document. Great, so I read some articles in MSDN, write some code, run the add-in and voila there it is! I give it to my buddy, he is proud of my accomplishment...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Office 2003 Solutions with Windows Installer (Mary Lee)

    You may want to develop Microsoft Office 2003 solutions with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 for several reasons. Your customers are using Microsoft Office 2003. Your customers are using both Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Your customers are...
  • Blog Post: Community Article: Enabling Speech Recognition in Microsoft Word 2007 with Visual Studio 2008 (Beth Massi)

    A new community submitted article was just released on the Office Development with Visual Studio portal by MVP Alessandro Del Sole . In this article learn how to control the Vista operating system's speech recognition engine in .NET from a custom task pane in Microsoft Word 2007. This article compliments...
  • Blog Post: Diagnosing/Troubleshooting Office Add-ins with AddInSpy (Beth Massi)

    If you missed the announcement on the VSTO Developer Portal , the team released a tool called AddInSpy that helps diagnosing problems with Office Add-ins. Andrew Whitechapel talks about it on his blog here . Also check out and download the VSTO Power Tools which Andrew , myself , and the team has blogged...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Deploy Application-Level Office 2007 Solutions with Windows Installer? (Mary Lee)

    In Deploying an Office solution using Windows Installer , you read how to deploy application-level Office 2007 solutions with Windows Installer.  As a follow up, you can now see how to add a Setup project to your VSTO solution and create registry keys. This example uses Excel 2007, but you can apply...
  • Blog Post: Word Add-ins Part 3: Search for Text Strings in Documents and Add Comments (Harry Miller)

    You can search the text in any open Microsoft Office Word document for specific strings if you put the code in an application-level add-in. When you find an instance of the string, you can perform some action on it. This video shows how to flag the string with a comment that contains text passed in from...
  • Blog Post: Word Add-ins Part 2: When Add-ins Collide (Harry Miller)

    When you build an add-in project, it installs the add-in on your development computer. Even if you close that project and start another, or even close Visual Studio entirely, all add-ins you have built will still run when you start the Office application on that computer. If you're not expecting the...
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