An application manifest is an XML file that provides information that is used by an Office solution to locate and update its assemblies. An application manifest can be used with a deployment manifest, which is an XML file stored on the server that provides the information needed to locate the most current version of the application manifest and assemblies.
Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects and VSTO add-in projects. See Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.
For Microsoft Office solutions created by using the Office development tools in Visual Studio, all manifests are based on the standard ClickOnce schema. When you deploy your Office solutions, the application manifests for both document-level and VSTO Add-in projects are located in the ClickOnce cache. The deployment manifests are not copied to the client computer.
Application manifests are created automatically as part of the build process. Every time you build a document-level project, the location of the deployment manifest is embedded in the document as a custom document property. For VSTO Add-ins, the location of the deployment manifest is stored in the registry.
For more information about the Publish Wizard, see Deploying an Office Solution by Using ClickOnce.
For more information about how manifests work with Office solutions, see Deploying an Office Solution.
Architecture of Document-Level Customizations
Architecture of VSTO Add-ins
Designing and Creating Office Solutions
Application Manifests for Office Solutions
Deployment Manifests for Office Solutions
ClickOnce Application Manifest
ClickOnce Deployment Manifest