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Developing Office Applications Using VBA

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Microsoft® Office application development is typically the process of customizing an Office application to perform some function or service. Developing an Office application can range from writing a simple Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) procedure to creating a sophisticated financial analysis and reporting application. An Office developer is anyone who uses the programmability features of Office to make an application do something better, faster, or more efficiently than it could be done before. An Office application is an application that uses an Office application or component as part of its overall architecture.

Every custom application is, in some sense, an answer to a particular problem or requirement. When you understand the problem, the success of your application will depend on your ability to deliver a response that uses appropriate tools tailored to the experience level of the people who will be using your application.

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Office Objects and Object Models
Integrate the features from two or more Office applications into a single application to amplify and focus users' productivity.
Working with Office Applications
Take advantage of different objects, collections of objects, properties, methods, and events to build your application.
Working with Shared Office Components
Search for files, use the Office Assistant, manipulate command bars, read and write document properties, read and write script, and hook add-ins to your Office application using a set of shared objects available in all Office applications.
Getting the Most Out of Visual Basic for Applications
Write code that is fast, efficient, easy to read and maintain, and, if possible, reusable with a solid working knowledge of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) — what features the language includes and what you can do with it.
Add-ins, Templates, Wizards, and Libraries
Create and use COMAddIn objects (a shared Office component in the Microsoft Office XP object library).

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