Visual Studio 2010 (Windows Forms Application): Working with the Visio 2010 control (Microsoft Office Visio 14.0 Drawing Control – ‘AxInterop.Microsoft.Office.Interop.VisOcx.dll), and how to enable the hidden ‘Shapes’ pane

. . Where did the ‘Shapes’ pane disappear in the 2010 version of the Microsoft Office Visio 14.0 Drawing Control ?      It seems that in the latest version (2010) of the ‘VisOcx.dll’ control, the left hand sideinstruments panel does not show up anymore.        I looked into this and tried to get some feedback from our Visio developers. According…


How to troubleshoot the error message: "The following Microsoft Office solution cannot be installed due to a general installer error: <add-in name>.vsto. 0x80131604" when trying to install a VSTO 2010 Add-in.

      Suppose you develop a simple VSTO Add-in using Visual Studio 2010 and you target the .Net Framework 4.0. When you finish setting up the application’s basic functionalities, you want to test if it runs. Here is a very basic Excel add-in, that should load without any issues: ThisAddIn.cs———————————————————————- using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using…

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Deploying a Shared COM add-in for Office 2003 (Visual Studio 2008 SP1) [and how to work around a known issue which causes the add-in to fail to load if KB908002 is not installed.]

  Office add-ins can target an application (or many applications if they are Shared COM Add-ins) or only a document. The article http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hy7c6z9k.aspx (Office Solutions Development Overview) describes the difference: Choosing an Office Project Type Visual Studio provides the following types of project templates for Office development: Document-level customizations. This type of solution is associated…

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