Today we needed to deploy an Excel VSTO (Visual Studio Tools for Office) application that we wrote in Excel.
We used the excellent guide that’s on MSDN here.
What’s not clear is that when a user runs the setup.exe…since we’re in a enterprise/intranet situation, we deploy it to a webserver and give the user a link to the setup.exe file…is that the xlsx file does not come along for the ride with the setup…
So…pro-tip…when deploying a project using the instructions from the MSDN guide..be sure to:
- give the user a link and instructions to run the setup.exe file
- give the user a link to the .xlsx file…once the VSTO application is installed on the user’s machine…they can download the .xlsx file, save it to their local machine and then they can happily run your application.