‘Video HowTo samples’ category archive

Video: Customizing a ClickTwice deployment package of your Office add-in

When you build an Office add-in, your users' first impression will be based on the installation experience. I know…it isn't fair…but it's true. This fact means they will judge your app before they have encountered it. So you need to provide a quality installation experience ... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: How to create an advanced Explorer bar in Visual Studio (Owner Draw events)

When building Internet Extensions with Add-in Express for IE and .NET, one of the more popular user interface elements is the Bar. The bar extends IE's UI and provides a solid, non-intrusive, location for forms and other elements the user can access while working with Internet Explorer in their typical manner... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Create advanced form regions for Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007 (C#, VB.NET)

A few weeks ago I did a short video to introduce our new product known as Add-in Express Regions for Microsoft Outlook and VSTO. I thought it time to take things up a notch and provide a solid sample that implements advanced form regions in a VSTO project and also accesses the Outlook object model in a meaningful way... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Building an Excel RTD server

Using Add-in Express you have the tools you need to rapidly start building a Real-Time Data (RTD) Server for Excel. This video shows you to use ADX to build a simple RTD... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Developing an Excel Automation Add-in

As a follow up to the Creating managed Excel UDFs video, here is a video that explains how to build UDFs using Excel Automation add-ins. In addition to a solid demo, this video explains the differences between an UDF built with an Automation Addin and one built as an XLL... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: How to create Advanced IE bars

When we released Add-in Express for Internet Explorer and .NET, one of the first things I wanted to do was build some extensions that included custom IE bars. I quickly learned that what I wanted to use was not IE Bars but Add-in Express Advanced IE Bars... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Internet Explorer bar UI synchronization

Internet Explorer implements that all-too-common tab interface. Each tab contains a web page that could be closely related to something in another open tab...or it could be something different entirely. Users open lots of pages at a time... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Creating managed Excel UDFs – XLL based user-defined functions

Creating custom User Defined Functions (UDFs) is one of the most popular reasons to build an Excel add-in. Add-in Express for Office and .NET supports two methods for building custom UDFs... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Extending Business Contact Manager

Business Contact Manager (BCM) is Microsoft's attempt to a nice CRM tool to the small and medium-sized business market. It has its pros and cons but overall, I think they succeeded. Business Contact Manager resides within Microsoft Outlook, which makes perfect sense. Using BCM, users can seamlessly track leads, projects, employees, marketing campaigns and more... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Handling Office keyboard shortcuts

For almost every menu and/or Ribbon command in Microsoft Office, there is a keyboard shortcut for it. These shortcuts allow you to quickly and easy execute a command with a key stroke that might take several clicks of the mouse... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Localizing your Office COM add-in

Internet Explorer is the world's most popular browser which makes it a nice target for custom solutions. Using Add-in Express helps you build Office COM Add-ins that your users love. As a result, you might be looking to expand to different markets… markets that probably do not speak you language. As a result, you are looking to build a localized version or versions of your add-in... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Developing Internet Explorer extensions, end-to-end demo

Internet Explorer is the world's most popular browser which makes it a nice target for custom solutions. Microsoft provides an IE SDK that attempts to provide you with guidance on how to build custom toolbars, menus, side bars, etc. The problem is that this SDK leaves you alone to fall into the potential pitfalls and doesn’t lend you a helping hand ... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: IE extension development made simple with Add-in Express for Internet Explorer

As the most popular browser Internet Explorer makes a nice target for solutions that extend browser functionality or that provide additional features for working with browser based content. Lucky for us developers Microsoft provides an SDK for Internet Explorer. Even luckier for us developers is that Add-in Express simplifies Internet Explorer plug-in development by providing an all-in-one framework ... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Fully featured setup projects for Office solutions

It's well known that Add-in Express simplifies Office development via our support for multiple types of Office based solutions. But perhaps you don't know that one of our best features is how we simplify deployment via support of 4 base deployment technologies... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Advanced Task Panes – extend the UI of Excel, PowerPoint and Word

People use Microsoft Office for all sorts of tasks in order to get their work done. For example, they use Word to write proposals, they use PowerPoint to create awesome marketing presentations, and then they use Excel to calculate their commissions. But the thing is often users need to leave Office to go and gather information that they need to complete the document... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Fully-featured solutions for all Excel add-in types

Microsoft Excel supports multiple types of add-in architectures, from XLLs to user-defined functions and COM add-ins to real-time data servers. Each have their own interface in Excel and each require separate sets of technical knowledge to use them effectively leaving a developer just wondering where to begin... Read the rest of this entry →

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