Enabling InfoPath IntelliSense Documentation in VSTA and Visual Studio

The Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 setup program installs two .xml files that are designed to display programming information from the Class Library reference inline in the Code Editor and the Object Browser when working with members of the Microsoft.Office.InfoPath and Microsoft.Office.Interop.InfoPath.SemiTrust namespaces.

Displaying Programming Information in the Code Editor


Displaying Programming Information in the Object Browser

For this programming information to be visible in the Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) and Visual Studio development environments, you must copy the two .xml files from the InfoPath setup directory into the locations in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) where each of the InfoPath assemblies are installed. To do that, you use the Command Prompt to copy the files as described in the following steps.

To copy the IntelliSense documentation files for the Microsoft.Office.InfoPath and Microsoft.Office.Interop.InfoPath.SemiTrust assemblies into the GAC:

  1. Open the Command Prompt.
  2. Execute each of the following commands, pressing Enter after each command:

cd \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12

copy Microsoft.Office.InfoPath.xml %windir%\Assembly\GAC_MSIL\Microsoft.Office.InfoPath\

copy Microsoft.Office.Interop.InfoPath.SemiTrust.xml %windir%\Assembly\GAC\Microsoft.Office.Interop.InfoPath.SemiTrust\

Note   If you are running Windows Vista and using User Account Control, you must right-click the shortcut used to open the Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator to successfully copy the .xml files into the GAC.

Mark Roberts
Programming Writer