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Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET, Second Edition by John Green, Stephen Bullen, Dennis Wallentin, Rob Bovey

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Chapter 22. Controlling Other Office Applications

The primary purpose of Excel is to perform calculations. It has some databaselike features, but it’s not a relational database. It has some text editing and formatting features, but it’s not a word processor. It has presentation-quality graphics, but it’s not a presentation application. It can save worksheets as Web pages, but it’s not a Web-authoring tool. It can send a workbook through e-mail, but it’s neither an e-mail program nor personal information manager.

Excel’s built-in database, word processing, presentation, e-mail, and Web features are sufficient for most applications, but there comes a time when we need to use a feature that is only provided by the Office application dedicated to the ...

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