Dmitry Kostochko

Video HowTo: Customize Outlook Explorer toolbars (VB.NET)

In this video we will again be going over possible ways of customization the Outlook Explorer UI with Add-in Express for Office and .NET components. In the first part of the serious we focused on customizing the Outlook Explorer menu. Today we will explorer the capabilities of the ADXOlExplorerCommandBar component that you can use to add your own toolbars and modify existing ones in all Outlook versions: 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007.

The main specificity of the above component is that the component itself as well as its controls are context-sensitive. Using the FolderName, FolderNames and ItemTypes properties, you can specify Outlook folders for which you want to make this command bar visible. You can automatically control the Visible and Enabled properties of your commandbar controls by using the OlExplorerItemTypes and OlItemTypeAction properties of the ADXCommandBarControl class.

Let see how it actually works:

This sample video was captured in Visual Studio 2008 (VB.NET) with Add-in Express 2009 for Office and .net.

If you develop in VSTO, here is the Modifying Outlook Explorer toolbars: VSTO sample.

You may also be interested in:

Advanced Regions for Outlook Explorer and Inspector windows
Customizing the Outlook Explorer window (folder view)

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