Office Add-in Development Community (PnP) – November 2020 update

Office Add-ins team

The Office Add-ins platform team has new updates to share this month on Office Add-ins Patterns and Practices. PnP is a community effort, so if you are interested in contributing, see our good first issue list.

(Preview) Use keyboard shortcuts for Office add-in actions

A picture of Excel showing the custom keyboard shortcuts CTRL+SHIFT+UP to open the task pane, and CTRL-SHIFT-DOWN to close the task pane

This sample shows how to set up a basic Excel add-in project that utilizes keyboard shortcuts. Currently, the shortcuts are configured to show and hide the task pane as well as cycle through colors for a selected cell. Keyboard shortcuts can be used to achieve any action within the add-in runtime.


Thank you to our contributors who are actively helping each month with the PnP community effort.

  • Maarten van Stam @aafvstam (helping review PRs and issues on PnP-OfficeAddins)

Want to contribute?

PnP is a community effort by developers like you. Check out our good first issue list as a great place to help with some samples. Feel free to contribute to existing samples or create new ones.

About Office Add-ins Patterns & Practices (PnP)

Office Add-ins PnP is a Microsoft-led, community driven effort that helps developers extend, build, and provision customizations on the Office platform the right way by providing guidance and help through official documentation and open source initiatives. The source is maintained in GitHub where anyone can participate. You can provide contributions to the samples, reusable components, and documentation. Office Add-ins PnP is owned and coordinated by Office engineering teams, but the work is done by the community for the community.

You can find code samples for Office Add-in development in the Office Add-ins PnP repo. Some samples are also documented in the Office Add-ins docs, such as Batching custom function calls for a remote service.

Additional resources

Learn more by joining the monthly Office Add-ins community call.

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