Getting Started
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Getting Started (How Do I in Visual Studio Tools for Office)

This page provides links to Help for installing Microsoft Office 2003 primary interop assemblies and getting started with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System. To see other categories of key tasks covered by Visual Studio Tools for Office Help, see How Do I in Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Getting Started Writing Code

Describes how to view the code while programming your Office solutions and provides links to examples of Office automation code in the Visual Studio Tools for Office documentation.

Getting Started Programming Document-Level Customizations for Word

Describes what you need to know to start creating Microsoft Office Word 2003 applications using Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Getting Started Programming Document-Level Customizations for Excel

Describes what you need to know to start creating Microsoft Office Excel 2003 applications using Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Getting Started Programming Application-Level Add-ins

Describes what you need to know to start creating Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 add-ins using Visual Studio Tools for Office.

How to: Install Visual Studio Tools for Office

Provides information and step-by-step instructions for installing Visual Studio Tools for Office.

How to: Install Office Primary Interop Assemblies

Provides steps for installing the required Office 2003 primary interop assemblies on end user computers.

How to: Create Visual Studio Tools for Office Projects

Describes how to use the Visual Studio Tools for Office Project Wizard to create a Word, Excel, or Outlook project.

How to: Set Up Configuration Information for an Office Solution

Describes how you can manually add a .config file to your Office project.

Combining VBA and Managed Code Extensions

Explains how you can use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code in Word or Excel solutions that also use managed code.

Walkthrough: Creating a New Office Project Using Visual Studio Project Automation

Demonstrates how to create a macro that uses the Visual Studio object model to automate the creation of a Visual Studio Tools for Office project.

How to: Install Office Primary Interop Assemblies

Provides steps for installing the required Office 2003 primary interop assemblies on end user computers.

How to: Target Office Applications Through Primary Interop Assemblies

Describes how to target the features of other Office 2003 applications using managed code by adding a reference to the appropriate component manually.

Understanding Optional Parameters in COM Interop

Explains how optional parameters work in methods and parameters exposed by the Excel and Word primary interop assemblies.

Excel-Based Samples

Contains links to sample applications that illustrate how to create business solutions that take advantage of the data collection and analysis capabilities available in Excel 2003.

Word-Based Samples

Contains links to sample applications that take advantage of the document creation capabilities available in Word 2003.

Samples That Use Excel and Word

Contains links to sample applications that demonstrate using Excel and Word to create solutions in Visual Studio.

Walkthroughs Using Word

Provides links to step-by-step instructions for common scenarios that demonstrate ways you can use Visual Studio Tools for Office to automate Word projects.

Walkthroughs Using Excel

Provides step-by-step instructions for common scenarios that demonstrate ways you can use Visual Studio Tools for Office to automate Excel solutions.

Common Tasks in Office Programming

Helps you quickly find the answers to common questions about programming with Visual Studio Tools for Office.

What's New in Visual Studio Tools for Office

Discusses what is new in Visual Studio Tools for Office.

VBA and Managed Code Extensions Compared

Provides a basic comparison between VBA and managed code extensions and discusses situations in which you might want to use each.

Office Documents in the Visual Studio Environment Overview

Introduces you to working with documents and workbooks in the Visual Studio designer, and discusses how the experience has been made as close as possible to the experience of working with Windows Forms.

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