Walkthrough: Changing Document Formatting Using CheckBox Controls
The information in this topic applies only to the specified Visual Studio Tools for Office projects and versions of Microsoft Office.
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This walkthrough demonstrates how to use Windows Forms controls in a document-level customization for Microsoft Office Word to change text formatting.
This walkthrough illustrates the following tasks:
Adding text and a control to the document in a document-level project at design time.
Formatting the text when an option is selected.
To see the result as a completed sample, see Word Controls Sample.
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You need the following components to complete this walkthrough:
Visual Studio Tools for Office (an optional component of Visual Studio 2008 Professional and Visual Studio Team System).
Microsoft Office Word 2003 or Microsoft Office Word 2007.
Visual Studio Tools for Office is installed by default with the listed versions of Visual Studio. To check whether it is installed, see Installing Visual Studio Tools for Office.
The first step is to create a Word Document project.
To create a new project
Create a Word Document project with the name My Word Formatting. In the wizard, select Create a new document.
For more information, see How to: Create Visual Studio Tools for Office Projects.
Visual Studio opens the new Word document in the designer and adds the My Word Formatting project to Solution Explorer.
For this walkthrough, add three check boxes and some text in a Bookmark control to the Word document. The check boxes will present options to the user for formatting the text.
To add three check boxes
Verify that the document is open in the Visual Studio designer.
From the Common Controls tab of the Toolbox, drag the first CheckBox control to the document.
In the Properties window, change the following properties.
Press Enter to move the insertion point below the first check box.
Add a second check box to the document below the ApplyBoldFont check box and change the following properties.
Press Enter to move the insertion point below the second check box.
Add a third check box to the document below the ApplyItalicFont check box and change the following properties.
To add text and a Bookmark control
Move the insertion point below the check box controls and type the following text:
Click a check box to change the formatting of this text.
From the Word Controls tab of the Toolbox, drag a Bookmark control to the document.
The Add Bookmark Control dialog box appears.
Select the text you added to the document and click OK.
A Bookmark control named Bookmark1 is added to the selected text in the document.
In the Properties window, change the value of the (Name) property to fontText.
Next, write the code to format the text when a check box is checked or cleared.
When the user selects a formatting option, change the format of the text in the document.
To change formatting when a check box is selected
Right-click ThisDocument in Solution Explorer, and then click View Code on the shortcut menu.
For C# only, add the following constants to the ThisDocument class.
Add the following code to the Click event handler of the applyBoldFont check box.
Add the following code to the Click event handler of the applyItalicFont check box.
Add the following code to the Click event handler of the applyUnderlineFont check box.
In C#, you must add event handlers for the text boxes to the Startup event. For information about how to create event handlers, see How to: Create Event Handlers in Visual Studio Tools for Office.
This walkthrough shows the basics of using check boxes and programmatically changing text formatting on Word documents. Here are some tasks that might come next:
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