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How to: Configure a Computer to Develop Office Solutions

To configure a development computer so that you can use the Microsoft Office developer tools in Visual Studio 2010, follow the instructions in this topic. You must have administrative privileges on the development computer to perform these steps.

To configure the development computer

  1. Install a version of Visual Studio 2010 that includes the Office developer tools. The Office developer tools are installed by default. If you customize the Visual Studio installation by selecting which features to install, make sure that Microsoft Office Developer Tools is selected during setup. For more information about the versions of Visual Studio that include the Office developer tools, see Configuring a Computer to Develop Office Solutions.

    NoteNote

    You can use the Office developer tools in Visual Studio 2010 to create solutions that target the .NET Framework 3.5 or the .NET Framework 4. The .NET Framework 4 is automatically installed when you install Visual Studio 2010. If you want to create solutions that target the .NET Framework 3.5, you must make sure this version of the framework is installed on the development computer too.

  2. Install a version of Microsoft Office 2010 or the 2007 Microsoft Office system that is supported by the Office developer tools in Visual Studio 2010. For more information, see Configuring a Computer to Develop Office Solutions.

    Make sure that you also install the PIAs for the version of Office that you install. The PIAs are installed with Office by default. If you modify Office setup, make sure that the .NET Programmability Support feature is selected for the applications you want to target.

  3. If you have an English version of Visual Studio but use non-English settings for Windows, you can install the Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime language pack to see Visual Studio Tools for Office runtime messages in the same language as Windows. Non-English versions of Visual Studio 2010 automatically install the language pack. The language pack is available from the Microsoft Download Center.

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