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Building An Outlook COM Add-In With VC /ATL


One of the great things about Windows is the ability that we have to create COM-based add-in's for the entire suit of Office 2000 applications. In this article, Amit shows us how to create an Outlook 2000 COM add-in using a pure Visual C ATL COM object. He starts by writing a basic functional COM add-in, and then adds standard user interface elements such as toolbars and menu items to Outlook. He finishes up by showing us how to respond to their events.

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By: Amit Dey
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February 17, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Building An Outlook COM Add-In With VC /ATL
  2. · Getting started
  3. · Building a minimal COM add-in
  4. · Command and conquer
  5. · Command and conquer (contd.)
  6. · Lord of the (disp) sinks
  7. · Conclusion

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Building An Outlook COM Add-In With VC /ATL - Conclusion
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In this article we've taken a detailed look at how to create an Outlook 2000 add-in component using Visual C++ and ATL. The possibilities for implementing our component are endless, and it can be used to perform all sorts of tasks.

Remember that we have complete access to the parent applications internal object model, meaning that we can take full control of the parent application and hook into all of its event calls. If you’d like to learn more about creating add-in components for other applications in the Office 2000 suite, or just about add-in's in general, the make sure you take a look at the links and books shown below.
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