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Configuring an Add-in Designer

To create your add-in, you first must fill out the options on the General tab of the add-in designer. The following table explains each option.

Option Description
Addin Display Name The name that will appear in the COM Add-ins dialog box in a Microsoft® Office XP application. The name you supply should be descriptive to the user. If the name is to come from a resource file specified in the Satellite DLL Name box on the Advanced tab, it must begin with a number sign (#), followed by an integer specifying a resource ID within the file.
Addin Description Descriptive text for a COM add-in, available from Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) in the Description property of the COMAddIn object. If the description is to come from a resource file specified in the Satellite DLL Name box on the Advanced tab, it must begin with a number sign (#), followed by an integer specifying a resource ID within the file.
Application The application in which the add-in will run. This list displays applications that support COM add-ins.
Application Version The version of the application in which the add-in will run.
Initial Load Behavior The way that the add-in loads in the application. The list of possible settings comes from the registry. Common used behaviors include Startup and On Demand.
Addin is command-line safe
(does not put up any UI)
Does not apply to COM add-ins running in Office XP applications.

The Advanced tab of the add-in designer makes it possible for you to specify a file containing localized resource information for the add-in and to specify additional registry data. The following table describes the options available on the Advanced tab.

Option Description
Satellite DLL Name The name of a file containing localized (translated) resources for an add-in; the file must be located in the same directory as the add-in's registered DLL.
Registry Key for Additional Add-in Data The registry subkey to which additional data is to be written.
Add-in Specific Data The names and values to be stored in the registry subkey. Only String and DWORD type values are permitted.

See Also

Working with Add-in Designers | Creating COM Add-ins for Multiple Applications | Working with Host Application Object Models

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