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charles van den akker III




Posts: 10
Joined: 2005-11-22
Hello..

i have 2 questions:
1) i have created an outlookaddin that allows users to attach database values to any outlook item... this works fine....
Now i want to use the same addin and extend the functionallity to all MS apps... when i add a new adxCommandBar to the Addin and set the supported apps to all MS products... the button is not visible..
what am i doing incorrectly?
2) (temporary solution to point 1)I have created a new addin... for all MS APPS except Outlook, and done what i attempted previously and it works... what i want to do is differentiate between the app that sends the click and then i would like to check if MyCustom Property exists... if not, add it... else if populated, amend it.

I would appreciate your help in this regard...
Posted 01 Feb, 2006 03:25:05 Top
Dmitry Kostochko


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Posts: 2752
Joined: 2004-04-05
Hi Charles,

1) Check the SupportedApps property of your TAddInModule. After changing this property you should register your add-in anew.

2) I think the point 1 will work for you. You can learn what host application is active at the moment by using the HostType property of your TAddInModule.

Posted 01 Feb, 2006 07:03:53 Top
charles van den akker III




Posts: 10
Joined: 2005-11-22
hi Dmitry...

Nope... i unregister.... register after i made th changes and nothing... i am not sure why...

No matter... i will use the second option for now...

Please give me an example of:
1) accessing HostType Property;
2) Checking for custom property and also writing to custom property in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Thanx Dude
Posted 01 Feb, 2006 07:55:40 Top
Dmitry Kostochko


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Posts: 2752
Joined: 2004-04-05
Hi Charles,

1) See the code below.

procedure TAddInModule.adxCommandBar1Controls0Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  if HostType = ohaExcel then begin
    // TODO
  end;
  if HostType = ohaWord then begin
    // TODO
  end;
  if HostType = ohaPowerPoint then begin
    // TODO
  end;
end;



2) See the code below.

uses Office2000, Excel2000;

procedure TAddInModule.adxCommandBar1Controls0Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  i, Count: Integer;
  IProps: DocumentProperties;
  IProp: DocumentProperty;
  Value: OleVariant;
begin
  if HostType = ohaExcel then
    if ExcelApp.Workbooks.Count > 0 then begin
      ExcelApp.ActiveWorkbook.CustomDocumentProperties.QueryInterface(IID_DocumentProperties, IProps);
      if Assigned(IProps) then
        try
          IProps.Get_Count(Count);
          for i := 1 to Count do begin
            IProps.Get_Item(i, adxLCID, IProp);
            if Assigned(IProp) then
              try
                IProp.Get_Value(adxLCID, Value);
                ShowMessage(Value);
              finally
                IProp := nil;
              end;
          end;
        finally
          IProps := nil;
        end;
    end;
end;


Posted 01 Feb, 2006 10:53:38 Top