Show and Hide Context Menu Items in Outlook 2010 (Norm Estabrook)

If you have written code that shows and hides context menu items in Outlook 2007, that code might not behave well in Outlook 2010. That is exactly what happened to this individual who recently posted to the VSTO forum. The command bar object model (which most folks use to muck around with menus) has been… Read more

Tricks with app.config and ClickOnce deployment (Saurabh Bhatia)

Storing settings in the config File The app.config file is used for many purposes and one of common uses is for storing application settings like connection strings. For example, you can store a string to the web service reference used by your application in the app.config file. The idea behind storing the string in the… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 4 (Beth Massi)

A couple months ago Robert Green, VSTO MVP, started a series of step-by-step tutorials on building on Office 2007. Part 4 is now published. Thanks Robert! In this fourth part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create an Excel 2007 solution using Visual Studio 2008 that generates reports from… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio Tutorial Series – Part 3 (Beth Massi)

A couple months ago Robert Green, VSTO MVP, started a series of tutorials on building on Office 2007. Yesterday we published part 3 of his step-by-step tutorials. Thanks Robert! In this third part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create an Excel 2007 solution using Visual Studio 2008 that… Read more

Making a Custom Group Appear in the Message Tab of a Mail Item (Norm Estabrook)

You can add a custom group to the Message tab of an Outlook mail item.  For example, here is a custom group named "MyCoolGroup" that I added to the message tab of a new message: Outlook lets you open a message in the following two modes: Compose (you are drafting a new message). Read (you… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio 2008 Tutorial Series – Part 2(Beth Massi)

Last month Robert Green, VSTO MVP, started a series of tutorials on building on Office 2007. Today we published part 2 of his step-by-step tutorials. In this second part of the series of tutorials on Office Business Applications, learn how to create a Word 2007 price quote generation solution using Visual Studio 2008. This tutorial… Read more

Office Development with Visual Studio 2008 Tutorial Series Started (Beth Massi)

Robert Green, VSTO MVP, has started a series of tutorials on building on Office 2007! Thanks Robert!  In this first of a series of tutorials on building applications on Office you’ll learn how to create an Outlook 2007 customer appointment management solution using Visual Studio 2008. This step-by-step tutorial also includes full source code in… Read more

Using Windows Presentation Foundation and Line-of-Business Data in Microsoft Office Clients (Beth Massi)

I mentioned on my blog yesterday that SDN Magazine made an article I wrote back in May available online — and since it’s all about using WPF & data in a VSTO solution I thought I’d post the link up here too 🙂 Using Windows Presentation Foundation and Line-of-Business Data in Microsoft Office Clients In… Read more

Do Your Outlook UI Elements Need Counseling? – Get your Form Regions, Ribbons, and Task Panes Talking to Each Other Again (Norm Estabrook)

So you want to open a task pane by using a button on the Ribbon. You also want a form region that appears in an e-mail item to detect the state of a control on a custom task pane so that you can add or remove an option that appears in a Ribbon menu right?… Read more