Here is a Way to Get the ID of a Built-in Outlook Command Bar Menu (Norm Estabrook)

Recently, a forum poster asked us how he could add a submenu item to a built-in menu item in Outlook.  Note that these are not controls that appear on the Ribbon of an Outlook item, but rather the menus that drop down from the top of the Outlook Explorer such as the View menu and… Read more

Clearing Off Custom Menu Items in Word (Norm Estabrook)

Last month I posted this article that described how to prevent your add-in from creating duplicate menu items in Word.  If you have been experimenting with customization contexts, you might have several menu items that appear when you right click a document. The article that I posted shows how to prevent this from happening for… Read more

My Word Add-In Creates Duplicate Menu Items. Make it Stop! (Norm Estabrook)

So I want my add-in to place a custom command into the shortcut menu. The shortcut menu is that cool menu that appears when you right-click a document. Great, so I read some articles in MSDN, write some code, run the add-in and voila there it is! I give it to my buddy, he is… 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

I Just Want to Format a Cell in My Excel Worksheet (Norm Estabrook)

So you just want to write some code to format a cell in a worksheet. However, there isn’t a help topic in sight that shows you how to do it. There may be a topic out there, but you don’t have time to sift through the web searching for it. You’re not alone. The forums… Read more

Developing an add-in for multiple versions of Office (Mary Lee)

Theoretically, you can develop an add-in for multiple versions of Microsoft Office by catering to the lowest common denominator. This means if you use an Excel 2003 add-in template in Visual Studio 2008, you would be able to develop and debug this with Excel 2007. However if you try this, you may meet these error messages:… Read more