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Office Development in Visual Studio

You can use the Microsoft Office developer tools in Visual Studio 2010 to create .NET Framework applications that extend Microsoft Office 2010 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. These applications are also named Office solutions.

The Office developer tools provide features that help you create Office solutions to suit a variety of business needs. The tools include project templates to help you create Office solutions by using Visual Basic or Visual C#, and visual designers that help you create custom user interfaces for your Office solutions.

For the latest information about Office development, see the following development centers on MSDN:

  • The Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Portal contains links to product information, code samples, videos, and community resources about using Visual Studio to customize Office applications as part of your solutions.

  • The Microsoft Office Developer Center contains links to technical articles, code samples, downloads, community information, support, and other documentation about Office customizations and Office Business Applications (OBAs).

Getting Started (Office Development in Visual Studio)

Provides links to information about how to configure a development computer to create Office solutions, how to begin creating Office solutions, and what is new for Office development in Visual Studio 2010.

Upgrading and Migrating Office Solutions

Provides links to information about the upgrade process for projects created by using earlier versions of Visual Studio.

Architecture of Office Solutions in Visual Studio

Provides links to information about how Office solutions work, including information about document-level customizations and application-level add-ins.

Designing and Creating Office Solutions

Provides information about how to create an Office project and configure your project in Visual Studio.

Developing Office Solutions

Provides information about how to use managed code with Office solutions, including how to customize the Office user interface, work with data, and troubleshoot problems.

Excel Solutions

Provides information about how to automate Excel, create Excel solutions, and understand globalization issues specific to Excel.

InfoPath Solutions

Provides information about how to create form templates and add-ins for InfoPath.

Outlook Solutions

Provides information about how to automate Outlook and create Outlook add-ins and form regions.

PowerPoint Solutions

Provides information about how to automate PowerPoint and create PowerPoint add-ins.

Project Solutions

Provides information about how to automate Microsoft Office Project and create Project add-ins.

Visio Solutions

Provides information about how to automate Visio and create Visio add-ins.

Word Solutions

Provides information about how to automate Word and create Word solutions.

Building and Debugging Office Solutions

Provides links to information about the differences between building and debugging Office projects and other types of projects in Visual Studio.

Securing Office Solutions

Provides information about how security features work in Office solutions.

Deploying Office Solutions

Provides information about how to make Office solutions available to your users, and the major issues to consider when you choose a deployment method.

Office Development Samples and Walkthroughs

Provides links to sample applications and topics that give step-by-step instructions for performing common tasks.

Reference for Office Development in Visual Studio

Provides links to detailed information about the class libraries, user interfaces, manifests, and other items in Office solutions.

Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Portal

Provides additional resources such as technical articles, videos, and blogs.

Visual Studio Developer Center

Provides additional Visual Studio resources such as technical articles, videos, and blogs.

Office Business Applications Developer Portal

Provides information about Office Business Applications (OBAs) and how to build them by using the Office system Platform.

Microsoft Office Development Section of the MSDN Library

The area of the MSDN Library where you can find articles and reference documentation about developing solutions for several versions of Office (not specific to Office development using Visual Studio).

Application Development in Visual Studio

Contains links to topics that explain how you can use Visual Studio to design, develop, debug, and deploy Web applications, XML Web services, and traditional client applications.

.NET Framework Programming in Visual Studio

Discusses application development with the .NET Framework in Visual Basic and Visual C#.

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