[How To] Enable or Disable Add-Ins In Microsoft Office

by Rohit Khurana on October 30, 2012

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Microsoft Office is one of the most popular office suites on not only Windows, but also on Mac OS Platform. There are many useful and user friendly functionalities provided with the Microsoft Office new versions. To enhance the functionalities of the MS Office even further, there is an option of adding external Add-Ins to Microsoft Office. These Add-Ins work as extra features and functionalities and help perform some extra tasks within MS office softwares like Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.

One of the problems associated with the Add-Ins is that poorly made add-ins or malicious add-ins may cause problems in MS office and may even cause the Office applications to hang or become unstable. So if you have been observing your MS office softwares becoming unstable, it maybe because of some bad add-in attached to the MS office software. Interestingly, you may not know that some softwares automatically install add-ins for MS office when you install them on your Windows PC. So when you install them, along with the software, they install an add-in on the installed MS office and attach itself to MS office.

In this article, we talk about how you can check the installed add-ins and enable or disable installed Add-Ins in MS Office word. Simply follow the below steps to enable or Disable the Add-Ins in MS Office Applications. You may have to do it individually for MS Office, Excel etc.

Step 1: To check what all Add-Ins are installed and visible in MS Office, click on the Add-Ins tab on the Menu. To view in details, you need to follow the next steps.

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Step 2: Click on Menu > Word Options (or options for Excel or PowerPoint etc. depending on the application)

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Step 3: On the Options screen, click on Add-Ins. On this screen you will find all the add-ins listed and their details like location, type etc. To edit or change or to enable or disable an add-in, use thee Manage options near the bottom mid of the window.

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Step 4: On Add-In Management window, you can easily add or remove any add-ins which you don’t need.

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Hope you find the above tutorial easy to follow, check out some more Microsoft Office Tutorials by Trouble Fixers.

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