How to: Deploy Template Solutions That Run Code on a Network (2007 System)

Applies to

The information in this topic applies only to the specified Visual Studio Tools for Office projects and versions of Microsoft Office.

Project type

  • Document-level projects

Microsoft Office version

  • Word 2007

  • Excel 2007

For more information, see Features Available by Application and Project Type.

Template solutions are built with a relative path to the customization, unless you take steps to change the path. If the customization is stored in a network location, you must change a custom document property to include a full path to the deployment manifest on the network.

You can update the custom document properties in several ways, including the following:

  1. Use the Publish Wizard to publish your solution.

  2. Change the properties in the Word or Excel application user interface (UI).

  3. Change the path in the Setup program.

  4. Use the API that is described in the Open XML Format SDK.

Using the Publish Wizard

Use the Publish Wizard to publish the solution and automatically update the deployment manifest path in the document.

To specify the full path by using the Publish Wizard

  1. On the Build menu, click PublishSolutionName.

    The Publish Wizard starts.

  2. Follow the steps in the wizard to publish the solution.

  3. On the second page of the wizard, set the default installation path to the shared folder location.

    For more information, see How to: Deploy an Office Solution by Using ClickOnce (2007 System).

Using the Word or Excel UI

You can update custom document properties in the application UI.

To change the property values in the application UI

  1. Copy the solution files from the build output folder to a shared folder on the network.

  2. Open the solution document that you plan to deploy to your users.

  3. Click the Microsoft Office Button, point to Prepare, and then click Properties.

  4. Click Document Properties, and then click Advanced Properties.

  5. On the Custom tab, in the Properties list, select _AssemblyLocation.

  6. In the Value box, there is a deployment manifest identifier already present. At the beginning of the identifier, type the fully qualified path of the deployment manifest followed by a bar, in the format path|identifier.

    As an example, the path could look like this:


    For more information about how to format this identifier, see Custom Document Properties Overview.

  7. Click OK, and then save and close the document.

Using the Setup Program

You can modify the installation path in the Setup program from the Command Prompt window, without using Visual Studio. When the installer runs, it uses the updated value. For more information, see How to: Change the Installation Path of an Office Solution (2007 System).

Using the Open XML Format API

Documents in the 2007 Microsoft Office system use the Open XML Format as the default file format. You can manipulate Open XML files by using the API.

To access custom document properties by using the API

See Also


How to: Deploy an Office Solution by Using ClickOnce (2007 System)

How to: Uninstall a ClickOnce Office Solution (2007 System)


Granting Trust to Documents (2007 System)

Change History




August 2008

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