How to have my app activate/load automatically? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've tried out the sample project creating a new Outlook add-in, and it works fine, but it only loads when the user actually explicitly chooses it via the "Add-ins" button then selects my add-in.  I need my add-in to kick in automatically every time the user does 'new message' - what do I have to change to achieve this?

    Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:13 AM


  • Hi,

    >> I need my add-in to kick in automatically every time the user does 'new message' - what do I have to change to achieve this?<<

    This behavior is expected and it is not able to change at present. However, the mail add-in provide a new way(add-in commands).

    An add-in command appears on the ribbon as a button. When a user installs an add-in, its commands appear in the UI as a group of buttons labeled with the add-in name.  This can be either on the ribbon's default tab or on a custom tab. For messages, the default is either the Home or Message tab. For the calendar, the default is the Meeting tab. On the default tab, each add-in can have one ribbon group with up to 6 commands. On custom tabs, the add-in can have up to 10 groups, each with 6 commands. Add-ins are limited to only one custom tab.

    As the ribbon gets more crowded, the add-in commands will adjust (collapse) in an orderly way. In all cases, the add-in commands for an add-in will be grouped together.

    Once an add-in command is added to an add-in, the add-in name is removed from the app bar. Only the add-in command button on the ribbon remains.

    Here are some helpful links for this topic:
    Overview of add-in commands for Mail

    Define add-in commands in your Outlook add-in manifest

    Outlook Add-in Code Samples

    And here is an video that introduce this feature from the 30 minute mark:

    Note: The add-in command work only in Outlook in Office 2016 Preview on Windows desktop.

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    Friday, November 20, 2015 7:32 AM