Posts Tagged ‘COM add-ins’

How to use Excel VBA macros and COM add-ins in one solution

The Microsoft Excel Office Object model is a varied and very mature framework and allows you to not only create VBA macros and functions but also COM add-ins. Of course creating these add-ins is made even simpler with the help of Add-in Express... Read the rest of this entry →

How to properly release Excel COM objects

You'll see a lot of complaints on the internet about Excel and other Microsoft Office applications not quitting properly after using the object model to perform certain actions, or showing sporadic and unpredictable behavior in COM add-ins. In the end most of these issues boil down to developers not properly disposing of COM objects... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Excel pivot tables: VB.NET code examples

Today, I'll show-off some code that shows how to automate pivot tables. It's quite likely your user base is 100% comprised of uber-serious spreadsheet jockeys. These people need your help. This code will help you relate to them and make their life easier... Read the rest of this entry →

Importing data from SQL databases and other sources to Microsoft Excel

A number of people I've met had no idea about one of Microsoft Excel's most powerful features. I'm talking about the ability to add data from external sources to your Excel sheet and manipulate it from there. Of course as a developer this can come in very handy when you want to provide your users with an intuitive and flexible way to access your data and empower them to create their own reports... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Excel tables & ranges: VB.NET code samples

Microsoft Excel, being a spreadsheet application, automatically brings structure to your thinking. You can build models to help you think through just about anything. You can organize your data and create lists of any imaginable type. In fact, most apps in the mobile app stores these days can easily be replaced by Excel files. Even games... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Excel charts: how to change a chart style, color or type programmatically

Adding charts in your Excel add-ins using the Excel object model is easier than you might think. In this article we'll take a look at how to insert charts programmatically, format their style and colors as well as how to change the chart's display by filtering its data... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Excel cell values, formulas and formatting: C# code samples

If you look at the title of this article, it almost sums up what Microsoft Excel is. Without cells, values and formulas, you just cannot get much done in Excel. Of course everything is contained within worksheets and workbooks and you can do so much more with Excel, but at the heart of it all lies cells... Read the rest of this entry →

Customizing Excel main menu, context menus, and Backstage view

Today we will tackle the issue of customizing Excel menus and back stage view. As you know, there are multiple versions of Excel "in-play" and it is wise to architect your solutions to work seamlessly with them. Add-in Express provides the tools, but it helps to know how to use them... Read the rest of this entry →

Customizing Microsoft Excel ribbons and toolbars

I think Excel's ribbon UI and toolbars are like a workbench, or set of tools. They are neatly arranged and reasonably grouped by task (although I know this is debatable). Today, we'll cover how to create custom ribbons and toolbars for Excel using Add-in Express for Office and .net... Read the rest of this entry →

Customizing the Excel User Interface: What is and isn’t customizable

Anytime Excel runs into a business process, users discover they require more of Excel. They can have more too by extending Excel via its API. Today, I'll cover what you user interface customizations are available to you when developing Excel add-ins with Add-in Express... Read the rest of this entry →

Excel add-in development in Visual Studio: Application and base objects

Today we start a new series to explain the basics (and more) of Excel add-in development. This is going to be serious fun because Excel rocks. Next to Outlook it might be the most popular target of Office add-ins... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Microsoft Word templates: C# sample

This is a continuation of the work we did in my previous article. The difference is, we will use a pre-built template for inserting data. Instead of inserting data "willy-nilly", we need to find where to insert it within the document's pre-defined structure... Read the rest of this entry →

Populating Word documents with data from external sources (database, SharePoint, Outlook, etc.)

Today, I have three main C# code samples that insert data into Word. Each sample method creates and then goes to town inserting data. It is a simple strategy and works very well to get you started integrating data into Word... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Word document properties, bookmarks, content controls and quick parts

Even though the object model can be somewhat daunting it gives you amazing flexibility and power over programmatically bending MS Word to your will. In today's article we'll have a look at the Microsoft Word document properties, content controls, quick parts and bookmarks, and how you can access and use these objects in your own add-ins... Read the rest of this entry →

Using custom XML parts in Word add-ins

Custom XML parts are chunks of XML that reside within a Word document. They are not part of the document, per se, because they are not visible to the user. Starting with Office 2007, the Office file formats are XML-based and are comprised of XML parts... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with multiple Microsoft Word documents: C# add-in example

In today's article we'll take a look at how you can combine information and text from various existing Microsoft Word documents into a single document. We'll create a Word add-in that will allow the user to select and insert different paragraphs from one or more existing Word documents, into another document... Read the rest of this entry →

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