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This chapter introduced the three basic patterns of Office solutions: an automation executable, an add-in, and code behind a document. The chapter also introduced how to build solutions following these three basic patterns using Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office.

Now that you know how to create a basic automation executable, add-in, and code behind the document solution, you will use these skills in the next chapters as the focus turns to specific functionality of Excel, Word, Outlook, and InfoPath that you can use in your solutions.

This chapter has only served as an introduction to add-ins and code behind documents. Chapter 24 covers VSTO add-ins for Outlook. Chapter 23 covers COM add-ins for Word and Excel. Chapter 3 covers automation add-ins for Excel. Chapters 13 through 17 cover the code behind document model of VSTO in detail.

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