How to: Add an Actions Pane to Excel Workbooks
To add an actions pane to a Microsoft Office Excel workbook, first create a Windows Forms user control. Then, add the user control to the Controls property of the ThisWorkbook.ActionsPane field in your project.
Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects for Excel 2007 and Excel 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.
Your computer might show different names or locations for some of the Visual Studio user interface elements in the following instructions. The Visual Studio edition that you have and the settings that you use determine these elements. For more information, see Working with Settings.
For a related video demonstration, see How Do I: Use WPF Controls Inside an Excel Actions Pane?.
The following procedure shows how to create a user control in an Excel project. It also adds a button to the user control that writes text to a worksheet cell when it is clicked.
To create the user control
Open your Excel workbook or template project in Visual Studio.
On the Project menu, click Add New Item.
In the Add New Item dialog box, select Actions Pane Control, name it HelloControl, and click Add.
You can alternatively add a User Control item to your project. The classes generated by the Actions Pane Control and User Control items are functionally equivalent.
From the Windows Forms tab of the Toolbox, drag a Button control to the control.
If the control is not visible in the designer, double click HelloControl in Solution Explorer.
Add the following code to the Click event handler of the button.
In C#, you must create an event handler for the Button. You can place this code in the HelloControl constructor. For more information about creating event handlers, see How to: Create Event Handlers in Office Projects.
To show the actions pane, add the user control to the Controls property of the ThisWorkbook.ActionsPane field.
To add the user control to the actions pane
Add the following code to the ThisWorkbook class as a class-level declaration (do not add this code to a method).
Add the following code to the ThisWorkbook_Startup event handler of the ThisWorkbook class.