Posts Tagged ‘Outlook regions’

How to customize the appearance of advanced task panes and Outlook regions

Starting with version 8.2, Add-in Express began to open its internal infrastructure, which allows developers to customize some areas of advanced Excel, Word and PowerPoint task panes and Outlook regions. In the new release, it becomes possible to customize the header together with its controls as well as splitter and border. You can also modify the appearance of a minimized region, control the header visibility, change padding, get HitTest info and more... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with custom Outlook properties: C# code examples

Microsoft Outlook provides a rich interface for developers to add their own custom properties to Outlook Folders and Items. The Outlook Object model provides two objects when working with custom properties... Read the rest of this entry →

Developing powerful Outlook add-ins with Visual Studio (VB.NET, C#)

With the recent Beginning Outlook Development series complete, we thought it would be a good idea to do a demo that shows how easy/simple/relatively painless it is to build a powerful Outlook add-in with Visual Studio ... Read the rest of this entry →

Working with Outlook calendar (appointment and meeting items)

Yeah sure, email is front and center with Outlook. But right behind it and ready to steal the show is the Outlook calendar. If you aren't looking at email, I bet you are looking at your calendar to see if you can meet at such-and-such time on such-and-such date... Read the rest of this entry →

Advanced Outlook form regions for Outlook 2013 – 2000

As great as Outlook is, it was not designed to meet 100% of any one user's needs. Therefore, users constantly think of ideas for how we developers can "trick it out". And what do they want? They want custom Outlook forms!... Read the rest of this entry →

Outlook 2013 view regions: Explorer pane, Navigation Pane, ToDo bar, Preview pane

When building an Outlook add-in you will definitely confront scenarios that require custom forms. In these scenarios, you must answer two questions. What does the form need to do? Where does the form need to display? ... Read the rest of this entry →

Creating a custom ribbon for Outlook 2013, 2010 and toolbar for Outlook 2007, 2003 – C# sample

The Outlook UI provides a lot of customization options, but one thing almost all Outlook add-ins share is either a ribbon tab or a toolbar or two. The Ribbon UI was introduced in Office 2007 although only the Inspector windows actually used it. The Explorer window still used the traditional menus and toolbars from previous Outlook versions... Read the rest of this entry →

The Outlook UI: Explorer and Inspector Windows. What is customizable?

It can take some time to familiarize yourself and understand the various different components of the Outlook UI. Outlook is made up of windows, panes and forms. The two types of Outlook windows are Explorer and Inspector windows... Read the rest of this entry →

Outlook views: How to create a custom view for calendar, task, mail items

Outlook views allow you to group, sort and view all the different types of Outlook data within the View panel of the Outlook Explorer window. Outlook comes with a few built-in views for each Outlook item type (mail, task, calendar, etc.) which can be accessed via the View tab... Read the rest of this entry →

How to dynamically bind Outlook add-in UI elements to the context

Something that I've noticed is that if you want to really start bending Microsoft Outlook to your programming will, you need to start embracing and combining the use of message classes and content types when developing Outlook add-ins... Read the rest of this entry →

Creating custom Outlook forms in C#, VB.NET: Outlook 2013 and 2010 form examples

Part of the allure of customizing or even adding your entire application inside Outlook is the ability to add your own .Net forms inside the Outlook Explorer and Inspector windows. In this article I'll show you how easy it is to create your own custom Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010 forms using Add-in Express for Office and .net... Read the rest of this entry →

How to create an Outlook task, appointment or note from an email

In the first installment of this series, Customizing Outlook Ribbon and command bars in a single add-in, we took the first step in building the Ty Actions Outlook Add-in. If you followed along, you have a beautiful custom Outlook ribbon and a custom a command bar that will impress your users... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express vs. VSTO: Outlook regions

Microsoft Outlook regions are cool. It offers developers the ability to add their own custom functionality to the standard Microsoft Outlook Inspector or Explorer windows... Read the rest of this entry →

HowTo: Replace the standard Outlook Task UI

Add-in Express for Office and .net version 6.4, introduced us to the CompleteReplacement Outlook form region in March this year. With this region you are able to completely replace the entire area of an Outlook Inspector... 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 HowTo: Outlook Inspector regions – InspectorRegion region (VB.NET)

Today we are going to review the potential of InspectorRegion. Using this region you can add your own form underneath the main page of any Outlook Inspector window, such as mail, contact, appointment etc. Let's see how to create it... Read the rest of this entry →

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