We started this chapter with a description of the Office task pane and explained that there is one customizable task pane called the Document Actions task pane. You took a closer look at the layers that make up an actions pane and learned how to programmatically dock the task pane to various areas of your document.

You learned how to design an actions pane control, and you created a Styles and Formatting task pane for Excel. In Word, you learned how to map XML to your documents and write code behind the events of the XMLNode controls. This technique lets you display context-sensitive user interface elements on the task pane and hide and show controls according to the location of the user's cursor within the document.

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