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UI Customization Walkthroughs

Updated: July 2008

Walkthroughs provide step-by-step instructions for common scenarios and are a good place to start learning about Visual Studio Tools for Office.

The following walkthroughs demonstrate ways that you can customize the user interface (UI) of Microsoft Office applications by using document-level customizations and application-level add-ins.

Walkthrough: Inserting Text into a Document from an Actions Pane

Demonstrates how to create an actions pane in a Word document. The actions pane contains two controls that send user input to the document.

Walkthrough: Changing the Actions Pane According to User Context

Demonstrates how to add and remove user controls on an actions pane in Word in response to XMLNode events.

Walkthrough: Binding Data to Controls on a Word Actions Pane

Demonstrates how to bind controls on an actions pane in Word to data. The controls demonstrate a master/detail relation between tables in a SQL Server database.

Walkthrough: Binding Data to Controls on an Excel Actions Pane

Describes how to add controls that are bound to a data source to an actions pane in Excel.

Walkthrough: Automating an Application from a Custom Task Pane

Demonstrates how to create a custom task pane that contains a control that automates the host application when the user clicks the control.

Walkthrough: Synchronizing a Custom Task Pane with a Ribbon Button

Demonstrates how to create a custom task pane that users can hide or display by clicking a toggle button on the Ribbon.

Walkthrough: Displaying Custom Task Panes with E-Mail Messages in Outlook

Demonstrates how to display a unique instance of a custom task pane with each e-mail message that is created or opened in Outlook.

Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Tab by Using the Ribbon Designer

Demonstrates how to create a custom Ribbon tab by using the Ribbon Designer. The tab contains a button that can be used to hide or display an actions pane.

Walkthrough: Updating the Controls on a Ribbon at Run Time

Demonstrates how to use the Ribbon object model to update the controls on a Ribbon after the Ribbon is loaded into the Office application.

Walkthrough: Creating a Custom Tab by Using Ribbon XML

Demonstrates how to create a custom Ribbon tab by using Ribbon XML instead of using the Ribbon Designer.

Walkthrough: Creating a Smart Tag by Using a Document-Level Customization

Demonstrates how to create a smart tag in a document-level customization for Word.

Walkthrough: Creating a Smart Tag by Using an Application-Level Add-In

Demonstrates how to create a smart tag in an application-level add-in for Word.

Walkthrough: Adding Controls to a Document at Run Time in an Application-Level Add-In

Demonstrates how to add controls to a document by using an application-level add-in.

Walkthrough: Changing Document Formatting Using CheckBox Controls

Demonstrates how to change formatting in a Word document by using check boxes in a document-level customization.

Walkthrough: Displaying Text in a Text Box in a Document Using a Button

Demonstrates how to use buttons and text boxes on Word documents.

Walkthrough: Updating a Chart in a Document Using Radio Buttons

Demonstrates how to change chart styles in a Word document by using option buttons in a document-level customization.

Walkthrough: Adding Controls to a Worksheet at Run Time in an Application-Level Project

Demonstrates how to add controls to a worksheet by using an application-level add-in.

Walkthrough: Changing Worksheet Formatting Using CheckBox Controls

Demonstrates the basics of using check boxes on an Excel worksheet to change formatting.

Walkthrough: Displaying Text in a Text Box in a Worksheet Using a Button

Demonstrates the basics of using buttons and text boxes on Excel worksheets.

Walkthrough: Updating a Chart in a Worksheet Using Radio Buttons

Shows the basics of changing chart styles using option buttons on an Excel worksheet.

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July 2008

Added entries for new walkthroughs.

SP1 feature change.

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