How to: Interact with Windows Forms

You can add Windows Forms to your Office projects the same way you do in other projects in Visual Studio. For more information, see Windows Forms Controls.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects and application-level projects for Microsoft Office 2010 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.

The following example uses a document-level project for Excel.


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To display a Windows Form

  1. Add a Windows Form to your project. In this example, the Windows Form is called ReportPicker.

  2. In the Startup event handler of your project, create a new instance of the form and call the ShowDialog method to display the modal form.

    Dim reportPicker As New ReportPicker
    ReportPicker reportPicker = new ReportPicker();


    You can also use the Show method to show a non-modal form.

See Also


Walkthrough: Collecting Data Using a Windows Form


Writing Code in Office Solutions

Other Resources

Developing Office Solutions

Programming Application-Level Add-Ins

Programming Document-Level Customizations