Where to find Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.dll?

If you’re trying to build a .NET project and unable to compile due to missing reference (namespace) of Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word, this may be of help.

One way is to do the install for VS 2012, by installing OfficeToolsForVS2012RTW.exe directly.

But note, that I’ve managed to get the Microsoft.Office.Interop extensions listed in the suggested references after installing the Office Tools Bundle installer available here for Visual Studio Community edition:


Or try a direct download here: vs_community_ENU.exe

Just install entire community package.

Once done, you’ll have options to create Office apps:


These Office Developer Tools will allow you to experience the most powerful Office development tools with Visual Studio and get over the issue with missing references to Microsoft.Office.Interop.* as they come with support for all types of Office development.



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