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    Visual Studio Tools without Visual Studio? (Office 2003)

    Do I need Visual Studio (.NET or other version) before I can use Visual Studio Tools for Office? I think I need the Visual Studio Tools to get things like the Access runtime version, but the installation instructions for VST on the MS website say that Visual Studio .NET is a prerequisite for installing VST.

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    Re: Visual Studio Tools without Visual Studio? (Office 2003)

    According to How to Buy Microsoft Developer Products: Visual Studio Tools for the Microsoft Office System, you need one of the .Net developer tools; Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Standard Edition is included with VSTO, so you don't need to buy Visual Studio .Net separately (unless you prefer to do so, of course).

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    Re: Visual Studio Tools without Visual Studio? (Office 2003)

    Actually, all you need is a qualifying product. I had both XP Office Developer and VB6 Pro on my machine, and VSTO installed without a whimper.
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    Re: Visual Studio Tools without Visual Studio? (Of

    I got VSTO as a freebie for atttending a long marketing demo. There is a completely separate CD labeled "Access 2003 Developer Extensions," which probably can be installed without installing the Visual Studio tools CD... okay, I don't know. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Added: The package I got included Visual Basic .NET and three MSDN CDs. I don't know if this is typical or was a special package for the event I attended.

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    Re: Visual Studio Tools without Visual Studio? (Of

    Nope, the extensions are *part* of the VSTO. You have to install VSTO to use them. The VS.Net help is all on the MSDN disks.
    Charlotte

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