Monday, January 1, 2018

Ways to open the task pane in a task pane Office add-in

Old style task pane addins (Office 2013) get embedded in the open document at the time of add-in installation and persist in it. The task pane can be closed but when the document is reopened the task pane re-opens too. If a user that does not have the add-in installed and tries to open the document he will be prompted to install the add-in.

With newer task pane add-ins (Office 2016) the task pane can either be opened from an Office UI Ribbon button or be auto-opened on document launch, for properly tagged documents, via the new auto-open feature, see:

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