Create a network shared folder catalog for task pane and content apps

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Set up a shared folder catalog to publish task pane and content app for Office.

Last modified: June 19, 2015

Applies to: Access apps for SharePoint | apps for Office | Excel | Office Add-ins | PowerPoint | Project | Word

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Note Note

The name "apps for Office" is changing to "Office Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some Office host applications and Visual Studio tools might still use the term "apps for Office". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

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 get 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. For more information, see Apps for Office XML manifest.

The manifest file is the only file that you should deploy to the shared folder catalog. Deploy the web application itself to a web server and specify the URL 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.

  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. 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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