Programming IE add-ons

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Add-in Express for Internet Explorer and .net provides the easiest and most effective way for to customize Microsoft Internet Explorer with your own browser extensions. With Add-in Express you don't need to follow a complicated IE SDK way. You use visual designers and components to:

  • Create powerful IE add-ons and BHO
  • Add your own commands to IE commandbar, Tools or Help menus
  • Build custom IE toolbars
  • Develop advanced Explorer bars
  • Customize context menus
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Programming thread-safe, secure and easy deplorable IE plug-ins
Powerful IE add-ons with little coding
Below is a short summary of what you can do using the Add-in Express visual designers, components and project templates:
  • Build powerful Internet Explorer add-ons with a couple of clicks.
  • Develop IE browser helper objects.
  • Add custom commands to the built-in IE menu bar and toolbar.
  • Add custom items to any built-in Internet Explorer context menus / pop-up menus.
  • Create custom toolbars and populate them with any .NET controls and user control components.
  • Develop custom vertical or horizontal Explorer bars, like the Favorites or History bars.
  • Extend the IE built-in toolbar with new buttons.
  • Extend the IE built-in menu bar with new items.
  • Add new keyboard shortcuts.
  • Access Internet Explorer objects and their events.
BHO, Explorer bars and toolbars are integrated in one solution
A custom button added to the main Internet Explorer toolbar
Creating custom commands
Using a special component of Add-in Express, you can easily create your own commands, i.e. add a custom button to the IE commandbar, and add your custom items to the Tools or Help menus.
Usually each IE command should be implemented as a separate COM-object and registered in a special registry key. Add-in Express integrates all your commands in one collection with its visual designer.
Customizing Internet Explorer context menu
Add-in Express provides the same quick and convenient way to extend IE context menus, or pop-up menus, with custom items. Instead of realizing and registering each item of the context menu as a COM object, you use the ContextMenu collection of the IE Module.
You can customize an IE pop-up menu for several contexts and have your custom items shown for anchors, controls, images, selection and tables. Internet Explorer allows you to customize context menus through specially prepared script files.
Add custom items to any context menus of IE
Advanced Explorer bars docked to four sides of the IE window
Advanced Explorer bars
With Add-in Express you can create an advanced Explorer bars, or side-bars, and develop a high quality UI for IE add-on users:
  • The end user can hide and show your bar using the usual path in the IE main menu. The IE bar preserves its state, position and size between IE sessions.
  • An advanced IE bar can be pre-docked to any side of the IE tab window. You can also set the IE bar to the desired position programmatically. The developer decides if users of the IE plug-in can drag the IE bar to a new dock position within a particular IE tab.
  • The header of an Advanced IE Bar can be set at design time: icon, title, background, and font.
Custom Internet Explorer toolbars
Creating custom toolbars with any controls is also an easy task. In Add-in Express custom IE toolbars are created as .NET user controls that implement all necessary functionality.
Just add an IE toolbar to your project, populate it with any controls and add the new toolbar to the Toolbars collection of your IE Module.
More about creating IE toolbars.
A custom Internet Explorer toolbar

System requirements

Supported Internet Explorer versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.x
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x (32- and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.x (32- and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.x (32- and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.x (32- and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.x (32- and 64-bit)

Visual Studio versions and languages

  • Visual Studio 2010 - 2019
  • Visual Basic .NET
  • Visual C#
  • Visual C++ .NET

.NET Framework

  • .NET Framework 2.0, 3.x, 4.0, 4.x

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