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Creating a Visual Basic 6 Add-In

  • November 20, 2002
  • By John Cunningham
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VB 6.0 contains all of the necessary tools to make your own "Add-In" to the VB-IDE. However using these tools to create your own Add-In can be quite a daunting task. There are two ways to create an Add-In, the first is to build a Class Module and add a string to the VBAddIn.Ini file. The second is to use the "Add In Designer" that comes with VB 6.0. Of the two methods, using the Add-In Designer is by far the easiest. In this tutorial I will show you how to create your own Add-In Program using the Add-In Designer Template.

Prior to creating a VB-6 Add-In, one must obviously have a project in mind. It is up to you what Add-Ins you decide to make, but for the sake of demonstrating the method, we will implement a simple number converter project that takes a number as input and converts it to the Binary, Hexadecimal and Octal equivalent. Although this program may not be of significant or practical use to many, it provides a good basis for understanding the value of using a VB IDE Add-In.

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