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Problems embedding Word in VB.Net

Posted on 2004-09-06
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Hi,

I'm developing a VB.Net application which outputs to Word. However it also needs editing in Word. To do this I want to embed Word in my application. I tried this using the webbrowser control (MS KB  Q304643). The problem is that when I open a document, I get the question whether I want to open or save the document, just like in a normal webbrowser. The other problem is that I can't override the Short-keys like Ctrl-N, which opens a new Word window. Does any one have experience with this? And found a solution to it? It would be very helpful.


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Thanks. Works fine with notepad, but doesn't work for Word. It just opens a new Word window.... It works with Excel but Excel then shows separately in the task bar.
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If you start Word without being in the debugger and without having loaded Notepad first, it works!
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wselles, I believe you can't embed Word into an VB.NET app.  I worked on a project several months ago and I had found a Microsoft page that stated you couldn't embed it.  Here's Microscrap's note on it - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;304562.

With that, I had to get creative.  What I did was do a dynamic conversion of the Word document to an RTF format and display it in a RTF box.  You should be able to do some editing within that, but unfortunately it isn't like Word.  I hope this helps some.  If anything, it gives you a closure on the embedding issue.  If you do come up with another solution, I'd be interested to see what you did.
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mpemberton5, a while ago I found an article about it in c# ( http://www.codetools.com/cs/miscctrl/winwordcontrol.asp ). Although it had very limited functionality (which I can't adjust because I don't know C#), it did work. I was hoping there was a similar VB.NET method.

Currently, I'm working on an alternative structure: creating a dll for Word, making Word the main window, which is not a very nice resolution, but it beats working with two different windows.

Cheers,
ws
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