BUG: Checkbox to create CommandBar disabled in add-in wizard if name contains '.'

Author: Carlos J. Quintero (Microsoft MVP) Applies to: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
Date: June 2013   Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
      Microsoft Visual Studio 2012

When you use the add-in wizard to create an add-in, if the name of the project contains a '.' character, the checkbox "Would you like to create command bar UI for your Add-in" is disabled.

More Information

Steps to reproduce the problem:

  • Click the "New Project" menu.
  • Go to the "Other Project Types" > "Extensibility" node.
  • Select the "Visual Studio Add-In" template.
  • In the Name field, enter a project name that contains a dot character ('.'), such as MyCompany.MyAddIn.
  • Click the "OK" button.
  • In the wizard that is launched, click the "Next" button several times until you reach the step 4 of 6 ("Choose Add-in Options").
  • The checkbox under the "Would you like to create command bar UI for your Add-in" question is disabled.

This problem happens in Visual Studio 2008, 2010 and 2012, but it worked in Visual Studio 2005.

Go to the 'Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX)' web site for more articles like this (Articles section)