Release: Office 2013 idMso & imageMso documentation

The following information was supplied by MSFT Nathan O. last week in the Office MSDN forums:

“I know the documentation for Office 2013 is still somewhat limited, but hopefully the following link will help.

Microsoft Office Document: [MS-CustomUI2] Supporting Documentation –

From here, you should be able to download the *.txt files for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, plus the imageMso information. Once a file is downloaded, it can be opened in Excel to make it easier to look through all the controls.”

I’ve downloaded the files. They’re a listing of all MSO values in the first column, whether present in 2010 in the second, type of Ribbon control in the third, the label in 2010 in the fourth, then whether present in 2013, type of control in 2013 and the label in 2013.

If you’re not familiar with importing delimited text file into Excel, as Nathan suggests, here are the steps (desribed while working in Excel 2010):

  1.  File/Open. Display “Text files” and navigate to where you downloaded the files.
  2. Select the file for the application you’re interested in. Open.
  3. The Text Import Wizard should appear, with the first of three steps. The Delimited option should be activated. From “File origin” select Windows (ANSI). Next.
  4. The correct Delimiter is Tab, which should be selected by default. Next.
  5. In the third step you specify the data type of each column. You can leave it at General, but I changed all columns to Text. To change the data type, click on the column heading, then on the option button for the desired data type. Finish.

You can now format the seven columns and look for the controls in which you’re interested (below).


3 Responses to “Release: Office 2013 idMso & imageMso documentation”

  1.   wordyone Says:

    Thanks for the wealth of info you are sharing with developers about Office 2013. Do you know what happened to “TabNew”? In earlier Word versions I had been using insertAfterMso=”TabNew” to place a tab below the “New” tab of Backstage View. This no longer works for Word 2013. And strangely enough, I don’t see any mention of “TabNew” at all in the list of control IDs for Word 2010 or 2013…

    Addendum/FYI (Found the answer just about to post this):

    I still don’t understand why TabNew is not listed in the Office2010 control IDs but as long as I know the new ID for 2013 I am happy :)

    •   wordmeister Says:

      Hi wordyone

      Sorry about the late response. I’ve been so busy with the book project that I don’t find much time for my blog, at the moment. I’m glad you found the answer and thanks for the link! This is an article I hadn’t seen before and holds a wealth of information.

      I do find TabNew in WordControls.xlsx, row 3080. What source are you using?

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