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DTE Interface

The top-level object in the Visual Studio automation object model. Use this object for functionality and refer to _DTE for this object’s documentation.

Namespace:  EnvDTE
Assembly:  EnvDTE (in EnvDTE.dll)

public interface DTE : _DTE

The DTE type exposes the following members.

Public propertyActiveDocumentGets the active document. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyActiveSolutionProjectsGets an array of currently selected projects. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyActiveWindowReturns the currently active window, or the top-most window if no others are active. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyAddInsGets the AddIns collection, which contains all currently available Add-ins. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyApplicationInfrastructure. Microsoft Internal Use Only. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyCommandBarsGets a reference to the development environment's command bars. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyCommandLineArgumentsGets a string representing the command line arguments. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyCommandsReturns the Commands collection. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyContextAttributesGets a ContextAttributes collection which allows automation clients to add new attributes to the current selected items in the Dynamic Help window and provide contextual help for the additional attributes. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyDebuggerGets the debugger objects. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyDisplayModeGets the display mode, either MDI or Tabbed Documents. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyDocumentsGets the collection of open documents in the development environment. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyDTEGets the top-level extensibility object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyEditionGets a description of the edition of the environment. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyEventsGets a reference to the Events object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyFileNameInfrastructure. Microsoft Internal Use Only. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyFindGets the Find object that represents global text find operations. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyFullNameGets the full path and name of the object's file. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyGlobalsGets the Globals object that contains Add-in values that may be saved in the solution (.sln) file, the project file, or in the user's profile data. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyIsOpenFileInfrastructure. Microsoft Internal Use Only. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyItemOperationsGets the ItemOperations object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyLocaleIDGets the ID of the locale in which the development environment is running. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyMacrosGets the Macros object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyMacrosIDEGets the root of the Macros IDE's automation model. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyMainWindowGets a Window object representing the main development environment window. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyModeGets the mode of the development environment, either debug or design. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyNameSets or gets the name of the _DTE object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyObjectExtendersGets the ObjectExtenders object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyPropertiesReturns a Properties collection representing all available categories and subcategories contained in the Options dialog box on the Tools menu. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyRegistryRootGets a string with the path to the root of the Visual Studio registry settings. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertySelectedItemsGets a collection containing the items currently selected in the environment. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertySolutionGets the Solution object that represents all open projects in the current instance of the environment and allows access to the build objects. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertySourceControlGets a SourceControl object that allows you to manipulate the source code control state of the file behind the object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyStatusBarGets the StatusBar object, representing the status bar on the main development environment window. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertySuppressUIGets or sets whether UI should be displayed during the execution of automation code. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyUndoContextGets the global UndoContext object. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyUserControlSets or gets a value indicating whether the environment was launched by a user or by automation. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyVersionGets the host application's version number. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyWindowConfigurationsGets the WindowConfigurations collection, representing all available window configurations. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public propertyWindowsGets a Windows collection containing the windows that display in the object. (Inherited from _DTE.)

Public methodExecuteCommandExecutes the specified command. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public methodGetObjectGets an interface or object that is late-bound to the DTE object and can be accessed by name at run time. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public methodLaunchWizardRuns a wizard with the supplied parameters. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public methodOpenFileInfrastructure. Microsoft Internal Use Only. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public methodQuitCloses the environment. (Inherited from _DTE.)
Public methodSatelliteDllPathReturns the computed path to the satellite DLL when given the installation directory for an Add-in or wizard and the file name of the DLL containing localized resources. (Inherited from _DTE.)

The DTE object is provided by the OnConnection method that you implement when you create an Add-in. The DTE object is the Application object in Visual Basic.

To access project-specific properties such as VBProjects or CSharpProjects, use the syntax DTE.GetObject("VBProjects").

For details about referencing the EnvDTE namespace and the DTE object, see Referencing Automation Assemblies and the DTE2 Object.

Sub DTEExample()
    Dim objTextDoc As TextDocument
    Dim objEP As EditPoint
    ' Create a new text document.
    DTE.ItemOperations.NewFile("General\Text File")
    ' Get a handle to the new document.
    Set objTextDoc = DTE.ActiveDocument.Object("TextDocument")
    Set objEP = objTextDoc.StartPoint.CreateEditPoint
    ' Create an EditPoint and add some text.
    objEP.Insert "A test sentence."
End Sub