Finding your way around Office developer documentation

I’d like to share with those of you who are new to Office solutions development a few tips about using Office developer documentation. Where Like most Microsoft products, our most up-to-date Office developer documentation is published on MSDN Library. The most common ways to find content is to use a search engine or the Table…

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Importing Charts, Customizing the Ribbon, Starting Excel from Outlook

Often I see customers on forums asking how to display custom user interface in the Office Fluent ribbon under some specific conditions. For example, how to display a custom ribbon only for mail inspectors, or, how would one tell the inspector is in compose mode and not read mode. Browsing just the titles and summaries of…


New Excel Macro Training Videos for Beginners!

Developers and power users new to programming with the Excel object model take note: there is a new series of videos that show how to create, edit, and run macros in Excel 2010: Save time by creating and running macros in Excel 2010!   This set of 4 videos ranges in length from 3 to 5 minutes each. For…


Nice Roll-up of Recent Publications: Access, Excel, Office, OneNote, Outlook, Visio, Word

  API References and SDKs  Component API Reference for Office 2010 Outlook 2010 Developer Reference (MSDN refresh) Outlook 2010 Primary Interop Assembly Reference (MSDN refresh) OneNote Developer Reference: Application Interface      Technical Articles  Creating Subprocess Diagrams Programmatically in Visio 2010 (March refresh) Creating Subprocess Drawings Programmatically in Visio 2010        Sample Code…


How to Search for a String in an Outlook Email Message and Automate a Reply that Contains the String

I’d like to demonstrate a technique that helps automating email replies – when creating a reply to a message, search for a specific string, such as a reference number or item number, from the original message; dynamically create a greeting using the search result, and then automatically insert the greeting in the reply. This technique…


A Few Office 2010 Object Model References Live on MSDN!

Today we published a few Office 2010 object model references on the MSDN Library: Access 2010 Developer Reference Excel 2010 Developer Reference Outlook 2010 Developer Reference Project 2010 Developer Reference Word 2010 Developer Reference These versions are currently the most up-to-date developer references for the corresponding Office 2010 client applications. Developer References for Office 2010 (APIs shared across…


Introducing Word Automation Services

My friend and colleague, Eric White, recently posted a superb write up on his blog about a new feature in SharePoint Server 2010—Word Automation Services. Word Automation Services is a new service application included with SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise that provides document conversion capability that can scale to enterprise demand. One shorthand way to think…