Word Add-in with JavaScript

Open File Explorer and create the (C:\temp\vscode-yeoman) folder.
Open Visual Studio Code.
Display the Terminal window (View > Terminal).
Change to that folder.

cd C:\temp\vscode-yeoman 

Install Yeoman

The Yeoman generator is an open source scaffolding tool for creating web applications.
This generator creates a Node.js project.

npm install -g yo 
npm install -g generator-office

check the versions and update if necessary.

yo --version 
npm view generator-office version

Generate Template Files

Run the Yeoman generator to create the project.

yo office 

Use the Arrow Keys and press Enter to select.
Choose a project type: Select "Office Add-in Task Pane project".

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Choose a script type: Select "JavaScript".
What do you want to name your add-in: Type "Word-JavaScript".
Choose which office client application you want to target: Select "Word".
All the necessary files will be created for you.

package.json file

Change to that folder.

cd Word-JavaScript 

Open this folder in the current Visual Studio Code instance.

code -a. 

Open the Explorer pane (View > Explorer).
Expand the project "Word-JavaScript".

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Click on the package.json file.

"name": "office-addin-taskpane-js",
"version": "0.0.1",
"repository": {
"type": "git",
"url": "https://github.com/OfficeDev/Office-Addin-TaskPane-JS.git"
"license": "MIT",
"config": {
"app-to-debug": "word",
"app-type-to-debug": "desktop",
"dev-server-port": 3000
"scripts": {
"build": "webpack --mode production",
"build:dev": "webpack --mode development",
"dev-server": "webpack server --mode development",
"lint": "office-addin-lint check",
"lint:fix": "office-addin-lint fix",
"prettier": "office-addin-lint prettier",
"start": "office-addin-debugging start manifest.xml",
"start:desktop": "office-addin-debugging start manifest.xml desktop",
"start:web": "office-addin-debugging start manifest.xml web",
"stop": "office-addin-debugging stop manifest.xml",
"validate": "office-addin-manifest validate manifest.xml",
"watch": "webpack --mode development --watch"
  "dependencies": {
    "core-js": "^3.9.1",
    "regenerator-runtime": "^0.13.7"
  "devDependencies": {
"@babel/core": "^7.13.10",
"@babel/preset-env": "^7.12.11",
"@babel/preset-typescript": "^7.13.0",
"@types/office-js": "^1.0.256",
"@types/office-runtime": "^1.0.23",
"acorn": "^8.5.0",
"babel-loader": "^8.2.2",
"copy-webpack-plugin": "^9.0.1",
"eslint-plugin-office-addins": "^2.1.4",
"file-loader": "^6.2.0",
"html-loader": "^4.1.0",
"html-webpack-plugin": "^5.5.0",
"office-addin-cli": "^1.5.4",
"office-addin-debugging": "^4.6.7",
"office-addin-dev-certs": "^1.11.1",
"office-addin-lint": "^2.2.4",
"office-addin-manifest": "^1.12.0",
"office-addin-prettier-config": "^1.2.0",
    "os-browserify": "^0.3.0",
    "process": "^0.11.10",
    "source-map-loader": "^3.0.0",
    "ts-loader": "^9.4.1",
    "typescript": "^4.7.4",
    "webpack": "^5.73.0",
    "webpack-cli": "^4.8.0",
    "webpack-dev-server": "4.7.4"
  "prettier": "office-addin-prettier-config",
  "browserslist": [
    "ie 11"


Click on the manifest.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> 

<Id> Unique GUID </Id>
<ProviderName>Better Solutions Limited</ProviderName>
<DisplayName DefaultValue="Word-JavaScript"/>
<Description DefaultValue="A template to get started."/>
<IconUrl DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/assets/icon-32.png"/>
<HighResolutionIconUrl DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/assets/icon-80.png"/>
<SupportUrl DefaultValue="https://bettersolutions.com"/>
<Host Name="Document"/>
<SourceLocation DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/taskpane.html"/>
<VersionOverrides xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/taskpaneappversionoverrides" xsi:type="VersionOverridesV1_0">
<Host xsi:type="Document">
<Title resid="GetStarted.Title"/>
<Description resid="GetStarted.Description"/>
<LearnMoreUrl resid="GetStarted.LearnMoreUrl"/>
<FunctionFile resid="Commands.Url"/>
<ExtensionPoint xsi:type="PrimaryCommandSurface">
<OfficeTab id="TabHome">
<Group id="CommandsGroup">
<Label resid="CommandsGroup.Label"/>
<bt:Image size="16" resid="Icon.16x16"/>
<bt:Image size="32" resid="Icon.32x32"/>
<bt:Image size="80" resid="Icon.80x80"/>
<Control xsi:type="Button" id="TaskpaneButton">
<Label resid="TaskpaneButton.Label"/>
<Title resid="TaskpaneButton.Label"/>
<Description resid="TaskpaneButton.Tooltip"/>
<bt:Image size="16" resid="Icon.16x16"/>
<bt:Image size="32" resid="Icon.32x32"/>
<bt:Image size="80" resid="Icon.80x80"/>
<Action xsi:type="ShowTaskpane">
<SourceLocation resid="Taskpane.Url"/>
<bt:Image id="Icon.16x16" DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/assets/icon-16.png"/>
<bt:Image id="Icon.32x32" DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/assets/icon-32.png"/>
<bt:Image id="Icon.80x80" DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/assets/icon-80.png"/>
<bt:Url id="GetStarted.LearnMoreUrl" DefaultValue="https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=276812"/>
<bt:Url id="Commands.Url" DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/commands.html"/>
<bt:Url id="Taskpane.Url" DefaultValue="https://localhost:3000/taskpane.html"/>
<bt:String id="GetStarted.Title" DefaultValue="Get started with your sample add-in!"/>
<bt:String id="CommandsGroup.Label" DefaultValue="Commands Group"/>
<bt:String id="TaskpaneButton.Label" DefaultValue="Show Taskpane"/>
<bt:String id="GetStarted.Description" DefaultValue="Your sample add-in loaded succesfully.
             Go to the HOME tab and click the 'Show Taskpane' button to get started."/>
<bt:String id="TaskpaneButton.Tooltip" DefaultValue="Click to Show a Taskpane"/>


Click on the webpack.config.js file.

const devCerts = require("office-addin-dev-certs"); 
const CopyWebpackPlugin = require("copy-webpack-plugin");
const HtmlWebpackPlugin = require("html-webpack-plugin");

const urlDev = "https://localhost:3000/";
const urlProd = "https://bettersolutions.com/";

async function getHttpsOptions() {
  const httpsOptions = await devCerts.getHttpsServerOptions();
  return { cacert: httpsOptions.ca, key: httpsOptions.key, cert: httpsOptions.cert };

module.exports = async (env, options) => {
  const dev = options.mode === "development";
  const config = {
    devtool: "source-map",
    entry: {
      polyfill: ["core-js/stable", "regenerator-runtime/runtime"],
      taskpane: "./src/taskpane/taskpane.js",
      commands: "./src/commands/commands.js",
    output: {
      clean: true,
    resolve: {
      extensions: [".html", ".js"],
    module: {
      rules: [
          test: /\.js$/,
          exclude: /node_modules/,
          use: {
            loader: "babel-loader",
            options: {
              presets: ["@babel/preset-env"],
          test: /\.html$/,
          exclude: /node_modules/,
          use: "html-loader",
          test: /\.(png|jpg|jpeg|gif|ico)$/,
          type: "asset/resource",
          generator: {
            filename: "assets/[name][ext][query]",
    plugins: [
      new HtmlWebpackPlugin({
        filename: "taskpane.html",
        template: "./src/taskpane/taskpane.html",
        chunks: ["polyfill", "taskpane"],
      new CopyWebpackPlugin({
        patterns: [
            from: "assets/*",
            to: "assets/[name][ext][query]",
            from: "manifest*.xml",
            to: "[name]" + "[ext]",
            transform(content) {
              if (dev) {
                return content;
              } else {
                return content.toString().replace(new RegExp(urlDev, "g"), urlProd);
      new HtmlWebpackPlugin({
        filename: "commands.html",
        template: "./src/commands/commands.html",
        chunks: ["polyfill", "commands"],
    devServer: {
      headers: {
        "Access-Control-Allow-Origin": "*",
      https: env.WEBPACK_BUILD || options.https !== undefined ? options.https : await getHttpsOptions(),
      port: process.env.npm_package_config_dev_server_port || 3000,

  return config;

Other Project Files

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Load the Add-in - Desktop

The add-in can be sideloaded into your Word client.
Execute the following command:

cd C:\temp\vscode-yeoman\Word-JavaScript 
npm start

This will start the local web server and open Word with the add-in loaded.
A small node window will be displayed.
A security warning dialog box will be displayed (the first time), asking you to install the certificate. Press Yes.
Select the Home tab and you will see a new group called "Commands Group" on the right hand side.
Press the "Show Taskpane" button to display the taskpane.
Press the Run button to insert the text "Hello World".

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When you have finished testing you need to execute the following command:

npm stop 

Load the Add-in - Online

The add-in can be sideloaded into your Office Online.
Execute the following command:

cd C:\temp\vscode-yeoman\Word-JavaScript 
npm start web

Allow localhost loopback for Microsoft Edge Web Browser?: Yes
This will start the local web server.
The add-in will not appear automatically and will require side loading.

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