An Example AddIn

Let's begin the creation of an Excel add-in by creating an add-in shell. This will demonstrate the process of add-in creation and provide a starting point from which we can create a full-fledged add-in-based Excel application, adding new features as we proceed through the book. I strongly suggest that you follow along in the creation process.

In this chapter, we will create the add-in shell whose features just display message boxes (for now). At this time, we do not want to cloud the issue of add-in creation by implementing any real features. In Chapter 12, we will increase the number of mock features so that we can demonstrate how to handle multiple features in an add-in, as well as how to create a custom menu system for an add-in. In later chapters, we will implement these features and add additional ones.

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