Setting the Width of a Drop Down, Combo Box, or Edit Box in the Ribbon Designer (Norm Estabrook)

Recently, a developer posted a question to the VSTO forum asking us how to set the width of a drop down control by using the Ribbon Designer ( As this person experienced, if you do not set the width of the control, the text that appears in a drop down, combo box, or edit box… Read more

New "How Do I" Video on Creating Smart Tags in Word (Beth Massi)

Our very own Mary Lee has got a new video up on the Dev Center on programming smart tags in with custom recognizers in Word using Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. This is a video version of the How To topic in the MSDN library. Watch or download the video here. Thanks Mary! Enjoy,–Beth… Read more

Deploying Office 2003 Solutions with Windows Installer (Mary Lee)

You may want to develop Microsoft Office 2003 solutions with Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 for several reasons. Your customers are using Microsoft Office 2003. Your customers are using both Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. Your customers are using .NET Framework 2.0 and cannot migrate… Read more

Why Can’t I Change the Update Path when Redeploying VSTO Solutions? (Christin Boyd, Kris Makey, Jeff Young)

The other day I was asked about the automatic Updates feature of VSTO 3.0 deployment.  In this scenario, he used the Publish Wizard in VS 2008 to create a Word document solution and the install manifest.   Then a bunch of people used the Word document, and kicked off the installer which then copied things to… Read more

Office Programmability in Visual Basic and C# in VS 2010 (Beth Massi)

The Visual Basic team posted a walkthrough today on some of the new language features in Visual Basic and C# to help with Office programmability in Visual Studio 2010. Specific features include adding optional parameters to C# 4.0 (VB already has this) and removing the dependency on the Primary Interop Assemblies (PIAs). You can download… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Center Just Launched! (Beth Massi)

Everything you need to know about building Office solutions in Visual Studio is on the new Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Center! (update your bookmarks: – Right on the home page meet MVPs and members of the product team who share tips, tricks, presentations, and trip reports about meeting developers like you. –… Read more

How to Include .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 with Your Installer (Mary Lee)

Recently in the Visual Studio Tools for Office forum, a Visual Studio 2008 SP1 developer asked how to include the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 in the same directory as the application.  For example, you can select Download prerequisites from the same location as my application in the Prerequisites Dialog Box if your application… Read more

DevConnections Conference: VSTO Session Demos (Christin Boyd)

Hi Folks!  If you’re not one of the 4,000 professionals attending DevConnections in Las Vegas, then never fear!  You can see my demos and learn about my session “Office Development with Visual Studio 2008” from this blog entry!  VS 2008 lets you target Office 2003 or Office 2007.  We recommend that you only install one… Read more

PDC Sessions Online (Beth Massi)

Even if you missed PDC, you can still watch the sessions and comment on the content on Here’s a few of the great sessions that were presented that I recommend watching: Office Business Applications: Enhanced Deployment Under the Hood: Advances in the .NET Type System Open XML Format SDK: Developing Open XML Solutions Enjoy,–Beth… Read more