Customizing the Excel 2007 User Interface

As you saw in Chapter 2, there are different options for customizing the Excel 2007 interface using VSTO. For example, you can create custom task panes for application add-ins (for document-level solutions, the task panes are custom action panes), extend the Fluent Office Ribbon, and data bind to Word content controls, among other customization opportunities. As an example of one such business intelligence solution, specifically, a search keyword solution, Figure 3-9 illustrates a solution that integrates a custom Ribbon (with custom Office images), custom actions pane, and reporting and analysis that combines both native Excel 2007 functionality with custom business logic.

The actions pane enables you ...

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