Get started (Office development in Visual Studio)

This section contains topics that help you get started using the Microsoft Office developer tools in Visual Studio.

Note

Interested in developing solutions that extend the Office experience across multiple platforms? Check out the new Office Add-ins model. Office Add-ins have a small footprint compared to VSTO add-ins and solutions, and you can build them by using almost any web programming technology, such as HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, and XML.

In this section

Provides background information for developing Office solutions in Visual Studio.

Describes the new design of Office projects that target the .NET Framework 4 or later, and lists breaking changes to code in Office projects that you migrate to the .NET Framework 4 or later.

Describes which applications and projects are required to use Office development features such as Ribbon extensibility, custom task panes, actions panes, and form regions.

Provides information and steps for installing the Office development tools, the runtime that enables Office solutions to run on end-user computers, and the Office primary interop assemblies.

Provides a summary of the important concepts needed to use Visual Studio to create document-level customizations for Excel.

Provides a summary of the important concepts needed to use Visual Studio to create document-level customizations for Word.

Provides a summary of the important concepts needed to use Visual Studio to create application-level Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) Add-ins for Microsoft Office applications.

Describes the relative strengths of Visual Basic for Applications and the Office development tools in Visual Studio for developing Office solutions.

Provides links to topics that can help solve common problems.

Provides links to sample applications and topics that give step-by-step instructions for performing common tasks.

Describes the components of Office solutions and how they work at design time and runtime.

Provides information about how to create an Office project and configure your project in Visual Studio.

Provides information about how to implement code and user interface customizations in an Office project.

Provides information about security requirements for Office solutions.

Provides information about how to make Office solutions available to your users, and describes the major issues to consider when you choose a deployment method and set security.