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How to call Active Accessibility APIs to develop automation for Office ribbon controls
Article ID: 2494267
To develop an add-in application for Microsoft Office, one of the largest difficulties is developing the automation for the new User Interface (UI) engine ribbon controls that was introduced in Office 2007. The COM object model for Office does not provide any properties or functions to collect the ribbon information and invoke the functionalities for the ribbon controls.
This article describes an All-In-One Code Framework sample that contains the CSOfficeRibbonAccessibility and VBOfficeRibbonAccessibility projects. This code sample demonstrates how to call a Microsoft Active Accessibility API to develop automation for Office ribbon controls. The Active Accessibility API refers to the native constants and functions that are exposed in the oleacc.dll library. To call these APIs from .NET, you need to adopt Platform Invoke Technology.
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PrerequisitesTo run this sample code, you must have Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 installed. Or, you must have Microsoft Visual Studio 2007 and Microsoft Office 2007 installed.
Project usageTo use the sample project, follow these steps:
What is All-In-One Code Framework?All-In-One Code Framework shows most Microsoft development techniques by using code samples in different programming languages. Each example is carefully selected, composed, and documented to show one common code scenario. For more information about All-In-One Code Framework, visit the following Microsoft website:
How to find more All-In-One Code Framework samplesTo find more All-In-One Code Framework samples, search for "kbcodefx" together with related keywords on the Microsoft support Web site. Or, visit the following Microsoft website:
All-In-One Code Framework samples
For more information about the Microsoft Active Accessibility API, visit the following Microsoft website:
General information about the Microsoft Active Accessibility API
(Working with Active Accessibility in the 2007 Office Fluent User Interface)
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