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Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET, Second Edition by John Green, Stephen Bullen, Dennis Wallentin, Rob Bovey

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Chapter 6. Dictator Applications

Dictator applications take control of the entire Excel session, modifying the Excel user interface to make it appear and behave like an independent Windows application. By doing this, dictator applications can leverage Excel’s rich feature set while maintaining a high degree of control over the actions that can be performed by the end user. This chapter explains how to create a simple dictator application and provides a basic template from which you can build your own dictator applications. Subsequent chapters add more features to the basic application structure we present here.

Structure of a Dictator Application

As mentioned in Chapter 2, “Application Architectures,” most dictator applications have the following ...

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