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C# Outlook 2007 Add-In - Custom Menu Item

Posted on 2008-10-16
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I am having difficulty attaching my custom menu to the appropriate window.  Using a host of samples and explanations from Google results I managed to put together what is below.   When an inspector (MailItem) event occurs my menu is added but it is added to the main menu instead of the inspector window.  The excerpt below contains my NewInspector event which triggers my AddMenu routine.  My goal is to attach the custom menu to the inspector (mailitem) window.
        private Office.CommandBar menuCommandBar;
        private Office.CommandBarButton menuCommandBarButton;
        private Outlook.Inspectors Inspector;        
        
        private void Inspectors_NewInspector(Outlook.Inspector Inspector)
        {
            if (Inspector.CurrentItem is Outlook.MailItem)
            {
                    AddMenu();
            }
        }
        
        private void AddMenu()
        {
            try
            {
                menuCommandBar = Application.ActiveExplorer().CommandBars.Add(menuTag, Office.MsoBarPosition.msoBarTop, false, true);
              
                if (menuCommandBar != null)
                {
                    menuCommandBar.Visible = true;
                }
 
                menuCommandBarButton = ((Office.CommandBarButton)(menuCommandBar.Controls.Add(Office.MsoControlType.msoControlButton, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, true)));
                menuCommandBarButton.Caption = menuTitle;
                menuCommandBarButton.Style = Office.MsoButtonStyle.msoButtonCaption;
                menuCommandBarButton.Visible = true;
                menuCommandBarButton.Click += new Office._CommandBarButtonEvents_ClickEventHandler(buttonCustomAddIn_Click);
 
            }
            catch (System.Exception ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("Error: " + ex.Message.ToString(), "Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Exclamation);
            }
        }

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Mihai Stancescu earned 300 total points
ID: 22738118
Try this:

Hope this helps!

Regards,
Mishu
private void Inspectors_NewInspector(Outlook.Inspector Inspector)
        {
            if (Inspector.CurrentItem is Outlook.MailItem)
            {
                    AddMenu(Inspector);
            }
        }
 
private void AddMenu(Outlook.Inspector CurrentInspector)
        {
            try
            {
                menuCommandBar = CurrentInspector.CommandBars.Add(menuTag, Office.MsoBarPosition.msoBarTop, false, true);
              
                if (menuCommandBar != null)
                {
                    menuCommandBar.Visible = true;
                }
 
                menuCommandBarButton = ((Office.CommandBarButton)(menuCommandBar.Controls.Add(Office.MsoControlType.msoControlButton, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, Type.Missing, true)));
                menuCommandBarButton.Caption = menuTitle;
                menuCommandBarButton.Style = Office.MsoButtonStyle.msoButtonCaption;
                menuCommandBarButton.Visible = true;
                menuCommandBarButton.Click += new Office._CommandBarButtonEvents_ClickEventHandler(buttonCustomAddIn_Click);
 
            }
            catch (System.Exception ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("Error: " + ex.Message.ToString(), "Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Exclamation);
            }
        }

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by:CyberUnDead
ID: 22740271
Mishu007:

The above code works great.  I was wondering if I could ask a related follow-up question.  How do I ensure that I appropriately remove the command bar?  I am getting multiples of my custom button.
private void RemoveMenu(Outlook.Inspector CurrentInspector)
        {
            try
            {
                //Office.CommandBarButton menuComandBarOld = (Office.CommandBarButton)CurrentInspector.CommandBars.FindControl(Office.MsoControlType.msoControlButton, Type.Missing, menuTag, true);
                Office.CommandBar menuComandBarOld = (Office.CommandBar)CurrentInspector.CommandBars.FindControl(Type.Missing, Type.Missing, menuTag, true);
 
                if (menuComandBarOld != null)
                {
                    menuCommandBar.Delete();
                }
            }
            catch (System.Exception ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("Error: " + ex.Message.ToString(), " Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Exclamation);
            }
        }

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by:Mihai Stancescu
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ID: 22740351
Regards,
Mishu
private void RemoveMenu(Outlook.Inspector CurrentInspector)
        {
            try
            {
                Office.CommandBar menuComandBarOld = (Office.CommandBar)CurrentInspector.CommandBars["YoumenuName"];
 
                if (menuComandBarOld != null)
                {
                    menuCommandBar.Delete();
                }
            }
            catch (System.Exception ex)
            {
                MessageBox.Show("Error: " + ex.Message.ToString(), " Error", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Exclamation);
            }
        }

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by:CyberUnDead
ID: 31506765
Awesome worked great the first time!
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