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How To Use Automation to Get and Set Office Document Properties from a Managed C++ Client

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This article illustrates how to automate Word with Visual C++ .NET to retrieve and manipulate document properties. Although the sample in this article is specifically written to automate Word, the same concepts can be applied to Excel and PowerPoint.

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To automate Word with Visual C++ .NET to retrieve and manipulate document properties, follow these steps:
  1. Start Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. On the File menu, click New and then click Project.
  2. Under Project Types, click the Visual C++ Projects folder, then click Managed C++ Applicationfor Visual Studio .NET 2002 or Console Application (.NET) for Visual Studio .NET 2003 under Templates. Give the project a name and make a note of the folder in which the project will be created.
  3. Open the source file that contains the definition of _tmain in the source editor, and then replace the contents of the file with the following code:
    #include "stdafx.h"
    #include <tchar.h>
    #using <mscorlib.dll>
    #using "Office.dll"
    //This is the path to the Strong-Named Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word DLL.  
    //Following path may change based on the version and strong name of the DLL
    #using <C:\WINDOWS\assembly\GAC\Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word\10.0.4504.0__31bf3856ad364e35\Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.dll>
    using namespace System;
    using namespace System::Reflection;
    using namespace Microsoft::Office::Core;
    using namespace Microsoft::Office::Interop;
    // This is the entry point for this application.
    int _tmain(void)
          System::Object* pMissing = System::Reflection::Missing::Value;
          Object* pDocBuiltInProps;
          Object* pDocCustomProps;
          Object* pAuthorProp;
          Object* pValue;
          //Launch Word and make it Visible
          Console::WriteLine("\nStarting Microsoft Word...");
          Word::ApplicationClass* pWord = new Word::ApplicationClass;
          pWord->Visible = true;
          //Create a new document and get the BuiltInDocumentProperties collection.
          Word::Documents* pDocs = pWord->Documents;
          Word::Document* pDoc = pDocs->Add(&pMissing,&pMissing,&pMissing,&pMissing);
          //Get the Author property
          Console::WriteLine("\n\nRetrieving the Author Property...");
          pDocBuiltInProps = pDoc->BuiltInDocumentProperties;
          Object* pArgs[] = { S"Author" }; 
          pAuthorProp = pDocBuiltInProps->GetType()->InvokeMember(S"Item",
             BindingFlags::GetProperty, NULL, pDocBuiltInProps, pArgs);
          pValue = pAuthorProp->GetType()->InvokeMember(S"Value", 
             BindingFlags::GetProperty, NULL,pAuthorProp,NULL);
          //Display the Author property
          Console::WriteLine(S"\n\tAuthor is: {0}",pValue->ToString());
          Console::WriteLine("\nPress ENTER to continue.");
          //Set the Subject property.
    	  Console::WriteLine("\n\nSetting the Subject Property...");
          pArgs = new Object*[2];
          pArgs[0] = S"Subject";
          pArgs[1] = S"A sample subject";
             BindingFlags::SetProperty, NULL, pDocBuiltInProps, pArgs );
          //Add a property/value pair to the CustomDocumentProperties collection.
          Console::WriteLine("\n\nSetting properties...");
          pDocCustomProps = pDoc->CustomDocumentProperties;		
          pArgs = new Object*[4];
          pArgs[0] = S"Knowledge Base Article";
          pArgs[1] = false;
          pArgs[2] = __box(MsoDocProperties::msoPropertyTypeString);
          pArgs[3] = S"Q308408";
             BindingFlags::InvokeMethod, NULL, pDocCustomProps, pArgs );
          Console::WriteLine(S"\n\t1. Select Properties from the File menu."
                S"\n\t2. Go to the Summary tab to view the Subject property."
                S"\n\t3. Go to the Custom tab to view the custom property.");
          Console::WriteLine("\nPress ENTER to end.");
          catch(Exception* e)
             Console::WriteLine(S"Error automating Word...");
       return 0;
  4. Press F5 to run the application.

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For more information, see the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
Microsoft Office Development with Visual Studio
For more general information about Visual C++ .NET, see the following Usenet newsgroup: Visit the Visual C++ .NET Support Center at:

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Keywords: kbautomation, kbhowto, kbnewsgrouplink, KB308408

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Article Info
Article ID : 308408
Revision : 11
Created on : 3/29/2007
Published on : 3/29/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 432