Add .NET controls to Office toolbars

Add any button to Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint commandbar


Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Office provides developers with the ability to add any .NET controls, such as a button, image, tree-view, grid, edit box, report and other to Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint toolbars.

Using this tool you can easily create sophisticated user interfaces found in today's most recognizable commercial Microsoft Office add-ins.

Add any .NET controls to Office toolbars

Place any .NET controls onto your Office toolbars

Your custom .NET control on the Outlook toolbar

With the Toolbar Controls tool you are not limited to using only Office built-in controls on you command bars. Now you can add any .NET controls onto Office toolbars and create sophisticated user interfaces found in today's most recognizable commercial MS Office add-ins. This component enables Office plugin developers to:

  • Create your own commandbars for Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint and populate them with custom items.
  • Add any .NET controls, such as a button, combo box, grid, tree view, label, image, user control, visual ActiveX controls to MS Office toolbar.
  • Control all Office built-in commandbars including context-sensitive pop-ups.

Note! Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Office a plug-in for Add-in Express for Office and .NET and is included in all Add-in Express subscriptions.

A unique solution for your Office add-ins

The Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Office is built on our own exclusive Add-in Express technology and based on true RAD approaches inherited from Microsoft's shared solutions, which provides a flexible and fast way to program stable and powerful Office extensions.

The flexibility of the Toolbar Controls object model allows you to address every level of the object hierarchy. The Toolbar Controls event model lets you code to the precise action.

How to populate Office commandbar with custom controls

Adding a DateTimePicker control to the Outlook Explorer toolbar

You add .NET controls to a comandbar of your host application, such as Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint and specify the order of toolbar controls while designing your COM add-in in Visual Studio. You can show the .NET and Microsoft Office CommandBarControls simultaneously on the same command bar.

For example, to create an Outlook toolbar with a date-time picker control, you need to follow very few steps indeed: just add to your add-in the appropriate controls adapter, toolbar component and .NET control; add a new special item to the Controls collection of the toolbar component and bind the added item to your .NET control.

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Supported applications:

  • Outlook 2000 - 2007
  • Excel 2000 - 2003
  • Word 2000 - 2003
  • PowerPoint 2000 - 2003

Supported IDEs:

  • Visual Studio 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • VB.NET
  • C#
  • C++.NET

How to buy this product

Add-in Express Ltd.

This product as well as all other development components available on are products of Add-in Express Ltd.

Toolbar Controls for Microsoft Office is not a separate product, it is part of Add-in Express for Office and .net. To purchase the product, please click the order link below. This will take you to Add-in Express's order page where you can review the subscriptions and prices and choose the one that is right for you:

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Visual Studio Industry Partner

Add-in Express Ltd. is a privately held software development company located in Homel, Belarus. Established in 1998, Add-in Express Ltd. focuses on tools and solutions purposed for Microsoft Office integration. It has been a Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner for the last few years.

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