Ask Me!

If you are here you already know atleast something about me, but just to set the expectations right; i am a Support Engineer in "Visual Studio Office Developer" team.

Our goal is to provide developer technical support and resolve customer issues involving automation, extensibility, integration and development with the Microsoft Office family of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, MapPoint, Project and Publisher using Visual Studio or Visual Studio .NET (VB, C#, C/C++/ATL, MFC, ASP/Scripting), InfoPath and Visual Studio Tools for Office.

If you want to ask me any questions that relates to anything i deal with please feel free to post your query here(offcourse as a comment), I will try my best to resolve it but again..i have a job to do, so i may not me able to resolve your query, either because it may require too much of research/troubleshooting or i am too busy to resolve it, in that case i will update you about the status and will suggest you if you need to open a ticket with us and your ticket will be assigned to appropriate resource (please !!! while opening the ticket don't say that you only want to work with me! i can not handle all the cases !!!  )

Comments (11)
  1. raymond kundtman says:


  2. Why "Ask Me-2" ? because comments to " Ask Me " are disabled !!

  3. Gary Lattimer says:

    Please can you show me how to create a microsoft publisher from within vb 2055 application

    Thanks mate

  4. plumothy says:

    I want to use automation (in a Delphi or Access VBA application) to extract slides from one powerpoint presentation and put them into another  one WITHOUT using the clipboard.

    Is this possible?

  5. kindly guide me on:

    showing header/footer dialog of visio thru c#

    (ms office interoperability with visual studio;

    explicitly, ms visio interoperability with

    with 2005)

  6. Since I’m visiting as part of my research on a recent problem, I’ll accept your offer and ask you…

    I can’t get an Excel Automation UDF Addin to invoke my managed code via a shim on an end-user system. It works fine in development. Please visit the link associated with this comment, and feel free to look at all six (so far) of my blog postings on the topic. It would be really nice if someone with knowledge in this area could comment.


  7. Hemant says:

    Hi Pranav,

    I have a infopath form with 5 views.

    This views are mandatory to be on one form.

    This form takes 10 to 15 minutes to load and to do all the editing stuff.

    Can you guide on improving the performance?

    Also can i use FormControl of infopath 2007 in winforms?



  8. Johan says:

    Hi Pranav,

    I’m trying to use the method described in Eric Carters Article (

    for writing custom functions in Excel. This works fine, and I wanted to use it to convert an old Vb6 com library and corresponding XLA file which adds some special calculations to excel. However, i am missing some functionality (lack of knowledge probable) to do a full upgrade:

    in the xla file (VBA) i could add some attributes to tell Excel a description of my function and where to find the help file is there something corresponding in .NET? (Attribute Funcxyz.VB_Description = "Funcxyz calculates Efficiency in [%]"

    Attribute Funcxyz.VB_HelpID = 110)

    How can i make errors appear in Excel like #N/A or #Value etc…, even a division by 0 generated by a function returning a double results in a very large number returned, but no error …

    Thanks in advance,


  9. Sivaprasad says:

    Can you please tell how can retrieve (as a cell value or a message)the InstallDate of Windows and MS Office with an Excel Macro ?

    I don’t think there is a direct way, but I belive that you should be able to make a UDF which uses MSI SDK or WMI SDK to retrive installdate

  10. Nerisha Bhajun-Visser says:


    I read your article about saving a Copy of a Word document using VSTO.  I have follwed the example you have provided, but I don’t know how to change the range to my active document.  I have created a Word document with an Action Pane.  I want to put the Save a Copy button on the Action Pane, to save the active document (ThisDocument), but I dont know how to refer to my active document.  Please can you help?

  11. Rob says:

    I would like to extend the colour palettes in Word, PowerPoint and Exel in Office 2007.  1) I would like to add more than 8 colurs, how can I do this? Is it possible to have a custom colour palette? (in all 3 packages?) Is it possible to use the most recent colour palette??

    2) Is it possible to modify the tints / shades that are given in the Theme colur palette??



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