VS2005 Add-In Project Doesn’t Appear in “Tools” Menu: Workaround

For me, the VS2005 “Extensibility Project”|”Visual Studio Add-In” wizard doesn’t produce the expected result — the add-in doesn’t register itself with VS. I’ve tried this on two machines and it fails on both. Registering an add-in is done via an XML file with a .AddIn extension that (documentation indicates) should be placed in \Documents and Settings\<User>\My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Addins and that’s where the Wizard copies the file.

Well, on my machines, files in that directory are not picked up by VS2005. However, copying the file to  \Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\MSEnvShared\Addins works like a charm: debug works, the whole bit.


Office 12 / 2007 Tied to MS Desktop Search

When you start the beta versions of Outlook or OneNote, you get a dialog box that says “Blah blah blah functionality requires Microsoft Desktop Search. Download now?” That seems dangerously close to using the Office monopoly to “tie” Microsoft’s offering in personal search. Not only that, you don’t even have an option of “Don’t tell me again.” It’s either “Download now” or “Remind me later.”

Personally, I use X1 for personal search and don’t want to change. But for the sake of OneNote, I’d do anything. To add insult to injury, though, MS Desktop Search doesn’t install on test machine! I just get an “access denied” dialog and the install quits, even when run in Safe Mode.