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How to: Create a network share catalog for task pane and content apps

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Learn how to set up and specify a shared folder catalog for publishing the manifests of task pane and content apps for Office.

Last modified: March 13, 2014

Applies to: Access app for SharePoint | Excel 2013 | Excel 2013 RT | Excel 2013 SP1 | Excel Online | PowerPoint 2013 | PowerPoint 2013 RT | PowerPoint 2013 SP1 | PowerPoint Online | Project 2013 | Project 2013 SP1 | Word 2013 | Word 2013 RT | Word 2013 SP1

   Office.js: v1.0, v1.1

   Apps for Office manifests schema: v1.0, v1.1

A shared folder catalog provides a way to publish the manifests for task pane and content apps for Office to a network file share. Users can then acquire apps by specifying this file share as a trusted catalog, using the steps in the following procedure.

The manifest file is an XML file that enables you to declaratively describe how your app should be activated when an end user installs and uses it with Office documents and applications. See Apps for Office XML manifest overview for more information.

The manifest file is the only file that you should deploy to the shared folder catalog—you should deploy the web application itself to a web server, the URL of which you specify in the SourceLocation element of the manifest file.

Important note Important

To help make apps that access external data and services more secure, your app should use a secure protocol such as Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) to connect to external data and services.

To specify a file share as a trusted catalog

  1. Create a folder on a network share, for example \\MyShare\MyManifests.

  2. Put the manifest files for the task pane and content apps that you want to publish in this file share.

  3. Open a new document in Excel, Word, or PowerPoint.

  4. Choose the File tab, and then choose Options.

  5. Choose Trust Center, and then choose the Trust Center Settings button.

  6. Choose Trusted App Catalogs.

  7. In the Catalog Url box, enter the path to the network share you created in Step 1, and then choose Add Catalog.

  8. Select the Show in Menu check box, and then choose OK.

After performing these steps, you can select My Apps on the Insert tab of the ribbon and then choose Shared Folder at the top of the Apps for Office dialog box to insert a task pane or content app from this catalog as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. The Apps for Office dialog box

Insert app dialog box

Any additional manifest files you put in this file share will be available to users that have specified this shared folder catalog.

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