VSTO Power Tools

I announced the release of v1 of the VSTO/VSTA Power Tools last time, and they've been getting quite a bit of use so far. The downloads are here - these include an overview document. Note that the documentation for the individual tools is installed in the same folder where you install the tools themselves.

Phil Hoff, who was one of the developers working on the Office Interop API Extensions library has a number of very interesting blog posts, and I encourage everyone to check them out - there's lots of useful information in these posts, and I hope Phil will keep them up.

These steps explain how you can file bugs and suggestions for the VSTO/VSTA Power Tools. We review these on a regular basis, so if you find a bug or have a suggestion, please submit them:

1.       Go to Microsoft Connect at http://connect.microsoft.com/default.aspx.

2.       Sign up or log in to the site.

3.       On the left menu, click Available Connections.

4.       On the next page, click Visual Studio and .NET Framework.

5.       On the next page, choose one of the following:

To see if your issue already exists, click Start Here. In the Search Feedback box, search for the issue. If the issue does not exist, click Submit Feedback. On the next page, click Bug Submission Form or Suggestion Submission Form.


To submit a bug or suggestion, click Submit a Bug or Submit a Suggestion.

6.       On the submission form, enter the required information. In the Description box, specify “VSTO/VSTA Power Tools”.

7.       When you are finished, click Submit.

You can also post comments/bugs/feedback to this blog.


Comments (3)

  1. Anyone who’s been to any of my recent presentations knows that I’m a passionate advocate of developing

  2. john says:

    I installed the power tools but the visual studio IDE doesn’t recognize any add-ins.  I don’t find any .addin files either.  I’m primarily interested in the Open XML Editor add-in. Any thoughts on installation would be appreciated.

  3. Garry Trinder says:

    john – only one of the Power Tools is a true VS add-in (the Ribbon IDs ToolWindow). The Open XML Package Editor is technically a VS package – so you won’t see a .addin file for it.

    When you install the power tools, by default they go in a path like this: C:Program FilesMicrosoft VSTO Power Tools 1.0 on an x86 OS, or C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft VSTO Power Tools 1.0 on a 64-bit OS. Do you see the tools there?

    The Open XML Package Editor should also install a registry entry, which is how VS knows to load it. On an x86 OS, this will be something like this:


    On a 64-bit OS, this will be something like this:


    Under that key will be the package information, including the path to the OpenXMLEditor.dll.

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