Video How Do I: Add Controls at Run Time in an Application-Level Project (Mary Lee)

In Walkthrough: Adding Controls to a Worksheet at Run Time in an Application-Level Project, you can see  to add host controls at run time in an application-level add-in by using Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  This video is posted to the How Do I Videos – Visual Basic page, part of the Visual Basic Developer Center…. Read more

VSTO Runtime bootstrapper package failure causes deployed customization installation to fail (Aaron Cathcart)

In an attempt to make this easier to read here are a few terms I will be using frequently in this article: VSTOR = Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (version 3.0 Runtime) (x86) VSTORSP1 = Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System (version 3.0 Runtime) Service Pack 1(x86) Bootstrapper = the… Read more

VSTO and the .NET Framework Client Profile (Christin Boyd)

One of our loyal blog readers asked if “VSTO officially supports targeting the Client Profile? I did a quick check and it seems to be working fine but it is good if we explicitly mention whether it is supported.”  The answer is yes.  Starting in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you can develop… Read more

Channel 9: New Features for VS2008 Office Projects in SP1 (Beth Massi)

I just posted an interview with Kris Makey on Channel9. Kris is a Developer on the Office Client team. Here he shows us a couple new features of Office projects in Visual Studio 2008 SP1. First he demonstrates a new error logging feature that will log any end-user install errors to the Event Log making… Read more

How Do I: Add Smart Tags to Excel Workbooks? (Kathleen McGrath)

With the release of Visual Studio 2008 SP1, you can now add smart tags to Excel by using an add-in.  In this video, I show you how to add them to both a document-level customization and an add-in project. How Do I: Add Smart Tags to Excel Workbooks? This video is based on the topic:… Read more

Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 released! Now what? (Christin Boyd)

Yeah!  Service Pack 1 is released to the web! Now what do I do?  I’d like to help you navigate the information we published about SP1.  I strongly recommend that you read the VSTO section of the SP1 Readme here.  You can read about all the great improvements to Visual Studio in the Knowledge Base… Read more

What’s New in VS 2008 SP1 and how the VSTO team decided what to include in a Service Pack (Christin Boyd, Mary Lee)

Updated August, 2008 I’d like to give you some insight into how we decide what goes into a Service Pack for Microsoft Visual Studio.  I’m speaking specifically about how the VSTO team built SP1;  most other groups within Visual Studio use the same process.  We take a few different approaches including: Clearly defining the scope… Read more