Features available by Office application and project type

Visual Studio has several types of project templates that support different business scenarios for Microsoft Office applications, including the following types:

  • Document-level customizations.

  • VSTO Add-ins.

    Not all applications can use every project type. For example, document-level projects are available only for Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office Excel. Similarly, some features are available only for certain types of projects or applications. For example, the actions pane is available only in document-level projects, and Ribbon extensions are available only for some applications. For more information about the different project types, see Office solutions development overview (VSTO).

Note

Office project templates are available only in some editions of Visual Studio. For more information, see Configure a computer to develop Office solutions.

Project types available for different Microsoft Office applications

The following table shows the applications that you can use with each project type.

Project types Microsoft Office application
Document-level customizations Excel

Word
VSTO Add-ins Excel

InfoPath (InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath 2010 only)

Outlook

PowerPoint

Project

Visio

Word

Excel

Features available in different project types

The following table shows which project types provide each feature.

Feature Project types that provide the feature Further reading
Actions pane. Document-level projects. Actions pane overview
ClickOnce deployment. VS and document-level projects. Deploy an Office solution
Custom task panes. VSTO Add-in projects for the following applications:

- Excel
- InfoPath (InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath 2010 only)
- Outlook
- PowerPoint
- Word
Custom task panes
Custom XML parts. Document-level projects.

Application level projects for the following applications:

- Excel
- PowerPoint
- Word
Custom XML parts overview
Data cache. Document-level projects. Cached data in document-level customizations
Expose an object in a VSTO Add-in to other Microsoft Office solutions. VSTO Add-in projects. Call code in VSTO Add-ins from other Office solutions
The following host controls:

- Chart
- ListObject
- NamedRange
- Content controls
- Bookmark
Document-level projects.

VSTO Add-in projects for Word and Excel.
Host items and host controls overview
The following host controls:

- XMLMappedRange
- XMLNode
- XMLNodes
Document-level projects. Host items and host controls overview
Multi-project deployment. Document-level projects.

VSTO Add-in projects.
Walkthrough: Deploy multiple Office solutions in a single ClickOnce installer
Outlook form regions. VSTO Add-in projects for Outlook. Create Outlook form regions
Post-deployment actions. Document-level projects.

VSTO Add-in projects.
Walkthrough: Copy a document to the end user computer after a ClickOnce installation
Ribbon customizations. Document-level projects.

VSTO Add-in projects for the following applications:

- Excel
- InfoPath (InfoPath 2013 and InfoPath 2010 only)
- Outlook
- PowerPoint
- Project
- Visio
- Word
Ribbon overview
Visual document designer. Document-level projects. Office projects in the Visual Studio environment

See also

Get started (Office development in Visual Studio)
Office solutions development overview (VSTO)
Actions pane overview
Ribbon overview
Create Outlook form regions
Host items and host controls overview
Cached data in document-level customizations
Deploy an Office solution