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I'm at one of those points where I want to jump up and down, scream, rant and rave all while shaking my fist at the sky cursing Microsoft.

All I'd like to do is something that I thought would be simple.  I came across a couple great articles on how to use Visual Studio Tools 2003 for Office to integrate .net with Office applications such as Excel. 

It took me an hour of hunting, however, to discover that apparently those tools are only downloadable via an MSDN subscription.  Thanks Microsoft, for not mentioning this on the Visual Studio Tools for Office website.

So what do I do?  Well I go to MSDN, and after another 45 min of searching, I still can't find where to download it from.

Could someone please save me from the misery that is Microsoft's incomptence at making things easy and please provide me with a link of where I could download this?

Brief update: 

      I finally found it.  I'd like to suggest to Microsoft, if they ever read this, that it is absolutely useless to have to look through every language version of a product when going through the subscriber details on the MSDN subscriber download site.  Here's a thought:  How about you provide a filter to select the language you want rather then sift through 500 results of every language known to man?

Another update:

      Now I'm having difficulties actually downloading it!  Every time I click on the link, that stupid gold confirmation bar comes up asking that I install Microsoft File Transfer Manager 5.0 ActiveX plugin, however, when I click install, it jumps away from the page and ends up doing nothing!  - I hate Microsoft sometimes.

      So, if it won't download without that plugin, and I've googled the plugin and can't find where to download it independently - now what do I do?



Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 1:39 PM | Back to top

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It's a bit counter intuitive but click on the download button, the yellow bar shows up saying you need to install the ActiveX say active the install, go back to the download location for VSTO and in the same browser windows you just said go and install just click download again. This should now prompt you to install.

Left by ET on Dec 06, 2006 5:53 PM

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I've gotten it now. It actually kept failing on me no matter what I tried. So I alternatively went and specifically found a place I could download the file transfer manager from and installed it. Once I had it running before clicking on the yellow bar, it began downloading properly.

A pain, but at least I got it.
Left by Denis Pitcher on Dec 06, 2006 6:55 PM

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Once you play around with the 2003 VSTO for a bit, definately check out the 2005 VSTO and prepare for a mindblowing experience.

Instead of having to write code, then run the Excel or Word app to view your code in action, 2005 VSTO actually lets you see the Word document or Excel spreadsheet IN the VS.NET designer and you can actually drag and drop stuff right onto the form and interact in design mode...way better than what the first gen (2003) tools had.

Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Dec 07, 2006 10:58 AM

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Where can I download VSTO 2005? Not the SE
Left by Dibson on Jul 10, 2007 7:52 PM

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