Dmitry Kostochko

Video HowTo: Outlook Explorer regions – BottomReadingPane region (VB.NET)

This is one more example of the Outlook Reading Pane customization, and today we will cover the BottomReadingPane region. In this video we are going to create a new advanced region and locate it beneath the Outlook Reading Pane. In the sample’s code, we are going to call the Highlight method of our custom region and see how it works.

The Highlight method invokes five-times blinking of the header if the region is in the Normal / Minimized state, or the same blinking of the splitter if the region is Hidden. A helpful feature to attract attention of your end-users, isn’t it? The region remains highlighted until the user activates it, i.e. clicks on a normal region, or expands a minimized region, or restores a hidden region.    

Let’s see how it works:

This sample video was captured in Visual Studio 2010 (VB.NET) with Add-in Express 2010 for Office and .net.

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