Visual Studio Tools for Office

Eric Carter / Eric Lippert  
Total pages
September 2005
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Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) was released in August of 2003. It

brought the power of .NET to developing Word and Excel applications. While

powerful, it was also lacking in some key features, and difficult to use. VSTO

2005 will be released as part of the Whidbey release. It will be incorporated in

the more advanced versions of Visual Studio .NET 2005, and will also be

available as a stand-alone product. It has corrected many of the major problems

with the first version, and is poised to experience a rapid growth in usage.

Coverage has been expanded to include Outlook and InfoPath in addition to

Word and Excel. This book is not only written by key members of the team

that developed VSTO 2005, but it will also be the first book available on

VSTO. The authors provide both an introduction to VSTO as well as a tutorial

for using it, including lots of practical examples, and a refreshing honesty about

both the strengths and pitfalls of the technology. This book will be a must-have

for all the developers considering VSTO.


Direct from two of the lead developers of the product comes the definitive guide to using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) 2005.

° VSTO 2005 is a major new developer tool from Microsoft, and is a huge improvement over the first version. Usage should increase dramatically.

° Authors are two of the lead developers of VSTO, and the entire VSTO team is supporting the book.

° Both an overview of the product as well as a practical tutorial.

° Will be the first book on VSTO.

Table of Contents

About the Authors.





1. An Introduction to Office Programming.

2. Introduction to Office Solutions.


3. Programming Excel.

4. Working with Excel Events.

5. Working with Excel Objects.

6. Programming Word.

7. Working with Word Events.

8. Working with Word Objects.

9. Programming Outlook.

10. Working with Outlook Events.

11. Working with Outlook Objects.

12. Introduction to InfoPath.


13. The VSTO Programming Model.

14. Using Windows Forms in VSTO.

15. Working with Actions Pane.

16. Working with Smart Tags in VSTO.

17. VSTO Data Programming.

18. Server Data Scenarios.

19. .NET Code Security.

20. Deployment.


21. Working with XML in Excel.

22. Working with XML in Word.

23. Developing COM Add-Ins for Word and Excel.

24. Creating Outlook Add-Ins with VSTO.


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"With the application development community so focused on the Smart Client revolution, a book that covers VSTO from A to Z is both important and necessary. This book lives up to big expectations. It is thorough, has tons of example code, and covers Office programming in general terms- topics that can be foreign to the seasoned .NET developer who has focused on ASP.NET applications for years. Congratulations to Eric Lippert and Eric Carter for such a valuable work!"

-Tim Huckaby, CEO, InterKnowlogy, Microsoft regional director

"This book covers all of the ins and outs of programming with Visual Studio Tools for Office in a clear and concise way. Given the authors' exhaustive experiences with this subject, you can't get a more authoritative description of VSTO than this book!"

-Paul Vick, technical lead, Visual Basic .NET, Microsoft Corporation

"Eric and Eric really get it. Professional programmers will love the rich power of Visual Studio and .NET, along with the ability to tap into Office programmability. This book walks you through programming Excel, Word, InfoPath, and Outlook solutions."

-Vernon W. Hui, test lead, Microsoft Corporation

"This book is an in-depth, expert, and definitive guide to programming using Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005. It is a must-have book for anyone doing Office development."

-Siew Moi Khor, programmer/writer, Microsoft Corporation

"We don't buy technical books for light reading; we buy them as a resource for developing a solution. This book is an excellent resource for someone getting started with Smart Client development. For example, it is common to hear a comment along the lines of, 'It is easy to manipulate the Task Pane in Office 2003 using VSTO 2005,' but until you see something like the example at the start of Chapter 15, it is hard to put 'easy' into perspective. This is a thorough book that covers everything from calling Office applications from your application, to building applications that are Smart Documents. It allows the traditional Windows developer to really leverage the power of Office 2003."

-Bill Sheldon, principal engineer, InterKnowlogy, MVP

"Eric Carter and Eric Lippert have been the driving force behind Office development and Visual Studio Tools for Office 2005. The depth of their knowledge and understanding of VSTO and Office is evident in this book. Professional developers architecting enterprise solutions using VSTO 2005 and Office System 2003 now have a new weapon in their technical arsenal."

-Paul Stubbs, program manager, Microsoft Corporation

"This book is both a learning tool and a reference book, with a richness of tables containing object model objects and their properties, methods, and events. I would recommend it to anyone considering doing Office development using the .NET framework; especially people interested in VSTO programming."

-Rufus Littlefield, software design engineer/tester, Microsoft Corporation

Visual Studio Tools for Office is both the first and the definitive book on VSTO 2005 programming, written by the inventors of the technology. VSTO is a set of tools that allow professional developers to use the full power of Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework to put code behind Excel 2003, Word 2003, Outlook 2003, and InfoPath 2003. VSTO provides functionality never before available to the Office developer: data binding and data/view separation, design-time views of Excel and Word documents inside Visual Studio, rich support for Windows Forms controls in a document, the ability to create custom Office task panes, server-side programming support against Office, and much more.

Carter and Lippert cover their subject matter with deft insight into the needs of .NET developers learning VSTO. This book

  • Explains the architecture of Microsoft Office programming and introduces the object models

  • Teaches the three basic patterns of Office solutions: Office automation executables, Office add-ins, and code behind a document

  • Explores the ways of customizing Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath, and plumbs the depths of programming with their events and object models

  • Introduces the VSTO programming model

  • Teaches how to use Windows Forms in VSTO and how to work with the Actions Pane

  • Delves into VSTO data programming and server data scenarios

  • Explores .NET code security and VSTO deployment

Advanced material covers working with XML in Word and Excel, developing COM add-ins for Word and Excel, and creating Outlook add-ins with VSTO.

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ERIC CARTER is a lead developer on the Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) team at Microsoft. He helped invent, design, and implement many of the features that are in VSTO today. Previously at Microsoft he worked on Visual Studio for Applications, the Visual Studio Macros IDE, and Visual Basic for Applications for Office 2000 and Office 2003.

ERIC LIPPERT'S primary focus during his nine years at Microsoft has been on improving the lives of developers by designing and implementing useful programming languages and development tools. He has worked on the Windows Scripting family of technologies and, most recently, Visual Studio Tools for Office.

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