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Visual Studio Tools for Office: Using Visual Basic 2005 with Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath by Eric Lippert, Eric Carter

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1. An Introduction to Office Programming

Why Office Programming?

The family of Office 2003 applications covered by this book—Excel 2003, Word 2003, Outlook 2003, and InfoPath 2003—represents an attractive platform on which to build solutions. You can customize and extend applications by developing solutions against their object models. By building a solution using the Office System, you can reuse some of the most feature-rich and popular applications available. A solution that analyzes or displays data can take advantage of the formatting, charting, calculation, and analysis features of Excel. A solution that creates documents can use the capability of Word to generate, format, and print documents. A solution that manipulates business information ...

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