Posts Tagged ‘Visual Studio’

How to customize context / right click menu of Excel 2013, 2010 and lower: C# sample

Right-click menus of Microsoft Office applications are a very convenient option for the end-user to interact with the host application. And for us, COM add-in developers, creating a custom menu for our users could be just a piece of cake... Read the rest of this entry →

Office Newswire: Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 are out!

I downloaded them and will install them this afternoon. I plan to attempt to go "all in" again with Windows 8. I have an Asus slate sitting around and I'm hoping Windows 8 is just the thing to make it useful. I'll find out soon enough. I'm going to tote this thing from place to place (with a Bluetooth keyboard) and see what happens... Read the rest of this entry →

Office 2013 App development: mail, task pane and content apps

One cannot help but think, after reading the marketing write-ups and reviews of Office 2013, that Microsoft wants developers to retire their classic Office Add-ins and focus their development efforts on the new Apps for Office, previously known as Agave. Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem... Read the rest of this entry →

How Visual Studio 2012 will be supported by the upcoming Add-in Express releases

As early as this spring we announced the next generation of our flagship product – Add-in Express for Office and .net. The 2 main features included in this major release are support for coming Visual Studio 2012 and Office 2013... Read the rest of this entry →

How To: Set a custom icon for an Outlook folder in the Navigation Pane

Today I want to show you one of the new features Outlook 2010 brought to programmers. Now Outlook allows setting custom icons the Navigation pane folders. The Outlook Object Model provides a special method for this task – SetCustomIcon. So, let's start our journey into the Outlook programming world ... Read the rest of this entry →

How to create Excel add-in: C# and VB.NET

It is also about time I write a few posts about writing Excel COM add-ins, so in today's article we'll take a look at how to create a superb world-class Excel add-in using Add-in Express for Office and .net... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express will sim-ship with Visual Studio 11

I am pleased to announce that we have published Beta 1 of the new major version 7.0 of Add-in Express for Office and .net to simultaneously ship our cornerstone product with coming Visual Studio 11 betas and releases... Read the rest of this entry →

Windows Forms controls smackdown (for MS Office)

Add-in Express provides us with some awesome tools for adding our own Office Task Panes and advance Outlook form and view regions, but making the UI elements on those panes and regions look good, is up to us... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express vs. VSTO – Microsoft Office developer happiness

This being the eighth and final instalment of the Add-in Express vs. VSTO series, I thought I'd wrap up with what could possibly be the most important feature of Add-in Express: Developer Happiness... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express vs. VSTO: Office add-in deployment

Planning the deployment of any software product is something most of us leave right to the end of the project. It makes logical sense to do so, everything that needs to be built is built and we know what we need to deploy... 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 →

Add-in Express vs. VSTO: Customizing Backstage View and context menu

One of the first articles I wrote for Add-in Express was about the Office 2010 Backstage View. Microsoft Office 2010 was still new and users of Office where still getting used to Microsoft's new approach to the "File" menu. The Add-in Express Backstage view component has since received a new and very impressive visual designer that makes designing the Backstage view a piece of cake ... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express vs. VSTO: Visual designers for Office Ribbon UI customization

Creating a Microsoft Office add-in prototype is certainly much faster with the help of Add-in Express's visual designers. The visual designers help you to very quickly and easily build complex Office UI's as well as customize the existing MS Office UI... Read the rest of this entry →

Version-neutrality for your Office extensions: Add-in Express vs. VSTO

I have to be honest. I have become very spoiled with Add-in Express when it comes to Microsoft Office development, a fact that I once again realized after a discussion with the gang about Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) and Add-in Express... Read the rest of this entry →

Add-in Express vs. Visual Studio Tools for Office

Almost four years to this day, I wrote about the new Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) available in the latest release of Visual Studio 2008. I've also later posted an update that I've found a much more efficient way of developing for Microsoft Office; and that way was of course Add-in Express!... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Create an Office shared add-in – building a custom Click Twice deployment package

The video, Part 5, is the last of the series. In this 15-ish minute video, you will learn how to build a Click Twice deployment package for the MyTasks add-in. Click Twice is one of the major strengths of the Add-in Express toolset... Read the rest of this entry →

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