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  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Interview: John Durant on Developing Managed Applications for Office 2010 in Visual Studio 2010 (Beth Massi)

    Robert Hess posted an interview yesterday on Channel 9 with John Durant on Developing Managed Applications for Office 2010 in Visual Studio 2010 . When you have 20 minutes you should check it out. John provides some highlights as to what he’ll be showing in his PDC sessions , and some of the new features...
  • Blog Post: Quick Videos of Visual Studio 2010 Features (Beth Massi, Mary Lee)

    If you’ve missed them, Kathleen has been interviewing writers on various documentation teams on some of the new features going into Visual Studio 2010. Our own Mary Lee now has a couple video interviews posted on new VSTO features that you should check out: Video: Deploying Multiple Office Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for Office 2010 Technical Preview

    I’m at TechEd in LA, but it seems I could get just as much excitement just watching the Twittersphere today and watching #tela09 tags!  And my feet are killing me.  So be glad you’re sitting at your computer instead of walking around Los Angeles!  Let me give you some highlights for Office...
  • Blog Post: New "How Do I" Video on Creating Smart Tags in Word (Beth Massi)

    Our very own Mary Lee has got a new video up on the Dev Center on programming smart tags in with custom recognizers in Word using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 . This is a video version of the How To topic in the MSDN library . Watch or download the video here. Thanks Mary! Enjoy, - Beth...
  • Blog Post: New How Do I Video on VSTO Power Tools (Beth Massi)

    They just released a new video on the VSTO Portal and Office Dev Center that I thought I would particularly call out because it works with one of the VSTO Power Tools that the team released in February. In this video Ty Anderson shows how to find an ImageID for Office Ribbon icons using the RibbonID...
  • Blog Post: PDC Sessions Online (Beth Massi)

    Even if you missed PDC, you can still watch the sessions and comment on the content on http://microsoftpdc.com . Here's a few of the great sessions that were presented that I recommend watching: Office Business Applications: Enhanced Deployment Under the Hood: Advances in the .NET Type System Open XML...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Deploy Document-Level Office 2007 Solutions with Windows Installer? (Mary Lee)

    In Deploying an Office solution using Windows Installer , you read how to deploy document-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 add a custom action to update custom document properties. This example...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Word Add-ins Part 1: Clear the Ribbon Except for My Controls (Harry Miller)

    You can easily customize the Ribbon to show only the controls you want to display. This video shows how to clear the Ribbon in Microsoft Office Word so it contains only a single button. The button inserts a graphic into the open Word document at the cursor location. Why? Well, really it's just to demo...
  • Blog Post: How Do I: Add Smart Tags to Excel Workbooks? (Kathleen McGrath)

    With the release of Visual Studio 2008 SP1, you can now add smart tags to Excel by using an add-in. In this video, I show you how to add them to both a document-level customization and an add-in project. How Do I: Add Smart Tags to Excel Workbooks? This video is based on the topic: How to: Add...
  • Blog Post: Create an Excel Shortcut Menu That Writes Selected Values to a Text File (Harry Miller)

    It doesn't take much code to add a command to a shortcut menu in Excel, but the menu objects have strange names so it's not intuitive, to me at least. The trickiest part is just sorting out how it's supposed to work, because it seems like it should be different from adding buttons to toolbars, but it...
  • Blog Post: Activating a Custom Tab on the Ribbon When a Document Is Opened (Harry Miller)

    A lot of people would like to do this. It makes sense that a developer would want to select the custom tab automatically, if the controls that are most useful for the current document are all on that tab. This video goes in-depth about this programming question. OK, not really. The video just says...
  • Blog Post: Automatic project conversion / migration (Harry Miller)

    By default, Visual Studio automatically converts Office 2003 projects into Office 2007 projects when you open the project, if you have the 2007 Office system installed on your development computer. But you can change that default behavior. Resources Forum: Visual Studio 2008 converts its own Office 2003...
  • Blog Post: Removing Customization Code Before E-Mailing a Document (Harry Miller)

    When you create a document-level customization for a document, all the copies of the document will be customized too. Even if you save a copy of the document with a different name, when the document is opened it'll try to find and run the code. All the saved data will still be there, it'll just pop up...
  • Blog Post: Assembly Could Not Be Found or Could Not Be Loaded (Harry Miller)

    This video tells the story of someone who created an Excel 2003 workbook project in Visual Studio 2008.  No matter what configuration he tried on the client machine, he got this error when opening the workbook: The assembly could not be found or could not be loaded. Here's the setup: Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Catching Save or SaveAs in Word 2007 (Harry Miller)

    You can override Ribbon commands and run your own code for Save or Save As, or you can simply cancel attempts to save a document in the DocumentBeforeSave event handler. Code and resources: Forum post: Microsoft Word 2007 Disable Save As Temporarily Repurpose Commands on the Office Fluent Ribbon...
  • Blog Post: WPF in Office Solutions (Harry Miller)

    A few months ago, Andrew Whitechapel wrote an article and sample application that demonstrates combining the native capabilities of an Office client application with the UI capabilities of WPF. Behind the UI, the application is connected to remote data and services via WCF and uses the RAD features of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Show Episode 5 (Harry Miller)

    In this episode: a tip about setting the background color of a custom task pane to match the Office theme, and about calling functions in add-ins from other add-ins. Plus, Mary creates an Outlook add-in that helps her remember attachments. Duration: 5 minutes, 4 seconds Related resources for more information...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Show Episode 4 (Harry Miller)

    In this episode: a tip about saving and restoring the position of custom toolbars in Outlook 2007, and how to copy values from one worksheet and paste them in another. Plus, Mary finishes her Excel application and sends it to her boss in e-mail. Duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds Related resources for more...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Show Episode 3 (Harry Miller)

    In this episode: a tip about serializing data in a Word document so users can't see it, and why content controls disappear from documents if you add them at run time. Plus, Mary customizes the Ribbon in Excel so her boss Kemp doesn't need to use button controls on the worksheet itself. Duration: 5 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Show Episode 2 (Harry Miller)

    In this episode: a tip about how to save a new copy of a Word document instead of saving over the original, and how to create a class in an Outlook project to access methods without hitting the object model security prompts. Plus, Mary creates a quick data UI in Excel for her boss Kemp. Related resources...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Developer Show Episode 1 (Harry Miller)

    This episode has a tip about adding controls to Word documents, a case file about how Canada Post solved its data entry problems, and what to do when an add-in doesn't run and there's no error message. ";" galleryimg="no" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/vsto/WindowsLiveWriter/MicrosoftOfficeDeveloperShowEpisode1_C0DD...
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