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Automating Applications Using the Office Object Model

Visual Studio 2005

Automation is the key technology that makes creating an integrated Microsoft Office solution possible. The key to understanding automation is to understand objects, object models, and interop assemblies: what they are, how they work, and how they work together.

In This Section

How to: Automate Office Applications By Using Primary Interop Assemblies

Describes the steps you must take to automate Microsoft Office applications by using primary interop assemblies.

Excel Object Model Overview

Provides information on the top-level objects provided by Excel as well as the extended objects provided by Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Excel Tasks

Provides links to examples of commonly performed tasks that make use of the Excel object model in Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Word Object Model Overview

Provides information about the top-level objects provided by Word as well as the extended objects provided by Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Word Tasks

Provides links to examples of commonly performed tasks that make use of the Word object model in Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Outlook Object Model Overview

Provides information about the top-level objects provided by Outlook.

Outlook Tasks

Provides links to examples of commonly performed tasks that make use of the Outlook object model in Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Finding Help for InfoPath, PowerPoint, and Visio Object Models

Provides information about where to find documentation for the object models of Microsoft Office InfoPath, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, and Microsoft Office Visio.

Related Sections

Getting Started (Visual Studio Tools for Office)

Provides links to information on setup, project templates, Office primary interop assemblies, and what's new in Office development.

Office Development Samples and Walkthroughs

Provides links to the code samples and step-by-step walkthroughs included with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System that can help you learn and experiment with the syntax, structure, and techniques used to build Word and Excel solutions.

Programming Office Applications

Provides links to information on Office programming with Visual Studio, using primary interop assemblies, document protection, actions panes, and controls on Office documents.

Data in Office Solutions

Discusses the powerful data processing capabilities in Excel and Word that you can take advantage of programmatically in your solutions.

General Reference (Visual Studio Tools for Office)

Provides technical information on using Visual Studio Tools for Office and the Word and Excel object models.

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