Ty Anderson

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.

As you build COM add-ins for Office, it's a good idea to add your own keyboard shortcuts as it will add to the user's experience and increase their overall satisfaction with your add-in solution.

Add-In-Express for Microsoft Office and .NET provides a quick and easy way for you to add custom keyboard shortcuts to your add-ins. This video shows how to do it. As a bonus, the video also shows how to handle a special situation that involves Excel, custom task panes, and keyboard shortcuts.

In addition to watching this video, I recommend that you read the following article:
Advanced Excel task panes (especially the Keyboard and Focus section)

This sample video was captured in Visual Studio 2010 with Add-in Express for Microsoft Office and .NET.


  • Dzmitry says:

    Does Addin Express supports keyboard shortcuts in Office 2013 (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)?

  • Dmitry Kostochko (Add-in Express Team) says:

    Hi Dzmitry,

    Yes, it does. You can add the ADXKeyboardShortcut component to your add-in module, set in the ShortcutText property and handle the Action event.

  • Raghunathan s says:

    Hi Dmitry

    I’ve created an add-in for Outlook (2010, 2013 & 2016) when the add-in placed in the DockTop Explorer Layout.

    Now, if the focus is inside the Add-in, i am unable to use the Outlook’s default Keyboard Shortcuts (for example: Ctrl+F11 – to expand / collapse the top outlook ribbon)

    How to handle this, any help would be appreciated.

    Raghunathan S

  • Andrei Smolin (Add-in Express Team) says:

    Hello Raghunathan,

    Ctrl+F11 doesn’t work for me in Outlook 2016 with all COM add-ins turned off.

  • Raghunathan s says:

    Hello Andrei

    Sorry, it was a typo, keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+F1 (not F11). this happens when the cursor focus is inside the Add-in.

    If the focus is in Outlook Grid, folder or any other control outside the Plugin, it works fine.

    Similarly any Keyboard shortcuts like , Ctrl+Spacebar doesn’t work when the focus is in the add-in. How to bypass this

    Raghunathan S

  • Andrei Smolin (Add-in Express Team) says:

    Hello Raghunathan,

    Try this approach:

    private void ADXOlForm1_ADXKeyFilter(object sender, ADXOlKeyFilterEventArgs e)
    if (e.Control && (e.KeyCode == Keys.F1 || e.KeyCode == Keys.Space || e.KeyCode == Keys.N))
    e.Action = ADXOlKeyFilterAction.SendToHostApplication;

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