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Help on Smart Documents

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I am creating smart documents using VB.NET and there are certain functionalities I cannot seem to implement with the available API, can you be of any help? Below is a list – Many thanks

1. I would like to change the contents of a list-box/combo-box after the Populate** methods have been called, an example would be while I’m in InvokeControl(). There does not seem to be a method to do so – I have only come across the one for a textbox – e.g .SmartTag.SmartTagActions(5).TextboxTex
2. Making a textbox multi-line *and* display a number of lines. I used both properties – IsMultiLine and NumberOfLines and still it displayed one line at a time.
And another - Using just NumberOfLines on a textbox did not seem to work at all?
3. Maintaining state across various non-Activex controls – I would like to maintain the information in textboxes/ listboxes etc while I navigate across different control
4. It seemed impossible to be able to set the value of another control – in my case a simple textbox, if it is not visible in the present pane. Is there a way to do this
5. Is there like any form of written standards for User Interface design of smart document task panes
6. And finally, is there any other way of creating my own task pane without using the smart document technology? The only dodgy way I have found so far is to create a windows form which looks like a task pane and interacts with Word/Excel but is separate from the Word/Excel window

Thanks in advanc

Jul 21 '05 #1
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