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Getting Started (Visual Studio Tools for Office)

This section will help you get started using Visual Studio Tools for Office to develop solutions that take advantage of Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

Microsoft Office offers a platform that provides many possibilities for application development using managed code. Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework provide Rapid Application Development (RAD) programming capabilities that make it easy to begin creating Microsoft Office-based solutions to suit a variety of business needs.

In This Section

What's New in Visual Studio Tools for Office

Describes new features and features that have changed since the previous version of Visual Studio Tools for Office.

How to: Install Visual Studio Tools for Office

Provides information and steps for installing Visual Studio Tools for Office.

How to: Install the Visual Studio Tools for Office Runtime

Provides step for installing the runtime that enables Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions to run on end user computers.

How to: Install Office Primary Interop Assemblies

Provides steps for installing the required Microsoft Office primary interop assemblies on end user computers.

Office Solutions Development Overview

Gives background information needed for developing Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions.

Office Documents in the Visual Studio Environment Overview

Describes how document-level Visual Studio Tools for Office projects look in the Visual Studio integrated development environment.

Common Tasks in Office Programming

Provides links to topics that can help solve common problems.

Features Available by Product Combination

Presents a table that lists which applications are needed for features such as Ribbon extensibility, custom task panes, actions panes, and form regions.

Office Development Walkthroughs

Provides links to step-by-step walkthroughs that can help you learn and experiment with the syntax, structure, and techniques used to build Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions.

Getting Started Programming Document-Level Customizations for Excel

Provides a summary of the important concepts needed to use Visual Studio Tools for Office to create document-level customizations for Microsoft Office Excel 2003.

Getting Started Programming Document-Level Customizations for Word

Provides a summary of the important concepts needed to use Visual Studio Tools for Office to create document-level customizations for Microsoft Office Word 2003.

Getting Started Programming Application-Level Add-ins

Provides a summary of the important concepts needed to use Visual Studio Tools for Office to create application-level add-ins for Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

Getting Started Writing Code

Describes how to find the code view in the Visual Studio designer when you are working on a Visual Studio Tools for Office project.

IntelliSense Code Snippets in Visual Studio Tools for Office

Describes the IntelliSense code snippets that are included with Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Using My in Visual Studio Tools for Office Projects

Describes how the Visual Basic keyword My can be used in Visual Studio Tools for Office projects.

VBA and Managed Code Extensions Compared

Describes the relative strengths of Visual Basic for Applications and managed code for developing Microsoft Office solutions.

How Do I in Visual Studio Tools for Office

Provides links to categorized lists of Help topics that address key programming tasks.

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Office Development Samples and Walkthroughs

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

Creating Office Solutions in Visual Studio

Provides links to information about creating Visual Studio Tools for Office solutions and the role of assemblies in your solution.

Deploying Office Solutions

Provides links to information about how to make a Visual Studio Tools for Office solution available to your users as well as the major issues to consider when choosing a deployment method and setting security.

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