Posts Tagged ‘Word’

Video: Advanced Task Panes – extend the UI of Excel, PowerPoint and Word

People use Microsoft Office for all sorts of tasks in order to get their work done. For example, they use Word to write proposals, they use PowerPoint to create awesome marketing presentations, and then they use Excel to calculate their commissions. But the thing is often users need to leave Office to go and gather information that they need to complete the document... Read the rest of this entry →

Video HowTo: Advanced Word task panes – Top task pane (VB.NET)

The next pane of the Word task panes series that we are going to explore is the Advanced Top Task Pane. We are going to create a new COM add-in that will work in Microsoft Word 2000 - 2010, add a custom task pane and bind it to the top position... Read the rest of this entry →

Creating an Office COM add-in: getting started for VB developers

How to quickly create a shared COM add-in for Microsoft Outlook, Excel and word in VB.NET. Sample add-in is available for download.... Read the rest of this entry →

Video HowTo: Advanced Word task panes – Left task pane (VB.NET)

To continue with a series of short video how-to demonstrating the capabilities of Add-in Express in customizing the Microsoft Office UI, we will explorer the Advanced Word Task Panes... Read the rest of this entry →

How to install multiple Office add-ins using one setup project

In today's post I'll demonstrate how you can install multiple Add-in Express Microsoft Office Add-ins without building multiple setup programs. Start by creating a new ADX COM Add-in project in Visual Studio ... Read the rest of this entry →

How to customize Office 2010 and 2007 Ribbon with your own tabs or controls

In today's post I'll demonstrate how you can insert your own ribbon tabs (for Office 2007-2010) and controls (for Office 2000-2003) before or after Office's built-in tabs or controls. I'll also show you how you can add an existing built-in Office control to your own ribbon tab... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: How Add-in Express makes Office development rewarding

Office development is a rewarding experience providing you the developer using Visual Studio the opportunity to impact the lives of users of all shapes and sizes. Using Office as the development platform, you can build solutions that integrate with your users' business processes and simplify their life... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: How Microsoft Office abuses its developers and how Add-in Express stops this

If you have any experience in developing solutions on the Office platform, you have most likely learnt that Office has the tendency to abuse its developers. One of the main reasons for this is that Office is comprised of several different applications like Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and each of these applications has their own object model that you need to understand and master when building your solutions... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Create an Office shared add-in – building advanced task panes and advanced Outlook regions, using advanced controls

I admit it…it's been awhile since we published Part 1. So I don't blame you if gave up hope of ever seeing Part 2. But I'm here to tell you that you have not waited in vain because today we present to you Part 2 of the Create an Office Shared Add-in series... Read the rest of this entry →

Advanced region events: how to know that the user expanded your form?

Hello folks! Through our forums and e-mail, we are frequently asked questions like this by our fellow developers: How do I know that the user expanded my Add-in Express form? In this article, I will cover the events that are raised when the region is expanded and other events that occur when the region's state is changed... Read the rest of this entry →

100% version neutrality for your Office extensions

Finally, when you completed your add-in, there is no need to build separate setup programs for different versions of Office. Generating a setup program is as simple as right-clicking your project in the Visual Studio Solution Explorer and selecting Create Setup Project from the context menu... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Create an Office shared add-in – building the GUI

I like to tinker with new technologies to see what they can do and how I could potentially use them in the solutions I build for my clients. A lot of the times my tinkering never leads to full understanding of the technology. In such cases, I don't blame myself nor my sometimes fickle love for the latest shiny bits... Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Build and control Advanced Task Panes in Add-in Express 2010

What I really write about today is the topic of Office task panes. Office 2003 calls them action panes. Office 2007 and 2010 call them custom task panes. At Add-in Express , they are known as Advanced Task Panes. What are they?... Read the rest of this entry →

Smart Tags and Add-in Express 2010

Smart Tags is a feature in Office by which Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (if Word is used as the default editor) recognizes certain words and then presents the user with additional actions based on the selected text. It is available in Office 2002 to 2007, it is noticeably absent in Office 2010 as it has been deprecated, meaning that Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook will not automatically recognize words as in the previous versions... Read the rest of this entry →

Controlling Outlook region’s state and form’s size in Add-in Express 2010

Here I will tell you how and where you can control the state of the regions where a custom task pane or an Outlook region is located, and also show how you can control the size of those forms... Read the rest of this entry →

.Net Framework 4, NoPIA and Add-in Express 2010

Let’s take a break from the Northwind Traders application for a while and talk about a new feature available in .Net Framework 4 : NoPIA or Type Embedding. As you all know when we developed Office Add-ins or applications that integrated with the Office suite of products we have to include a reference to the Office PIAs or Primary Interop Assemblies ... Read the rest of this entry →

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