Microsoft Office is a powerful suite of software designed to better your productivity. However, every user can improve upon it by simply installing one of the many add-ins available. Today, we’re going to discuss how to install, enable, and disable Office add-ins with ease. Just bear in mind we will be focusing on Microsoft Word as our example seeing as the procedure is very similar across the apps.
Manage Add-ins in Office programs
Now let us see how to view, manage, disable, install or remove Add-ins in Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, etc, Office programs. As mentioned, we are taking Word as an example but the procedure is similar for others.
1] How to install an Office add-in
OK, so the first thing you will want to do as a Microsoft Word user, is to fire up a document, the navigate to Insert.
From here, please click on the section that says Get Add-ins, and wait for a new window to appear before your eyes.
This window is home to all the add-ins available for the tool. From the left pane, the user can select from a category, or just search for a specific add-in. From the right, that is where folks should see a list of add-ins. Just find the ones you want, and click on the button that reads, Add.
After adding an add-in, it should now appear in the Ribbon.
Click on it to get more options or to launch it for use.
2] How to remove an Office add-in
OK, so to get rid of the add-in, right-click on the icon on the Ribbon, and hit Remove Add-in. Another way to do this, is by returning to the Insert tab, and right under Get Add-ins, there is another button called My Add-ins. Go on ahead and click on it, please.
From the window that appears, the user should see all the add-ins installed. Right-click on either, then select Remove to get rid of.
Manage Com Add-ins in Office programs
1] How to install COM Add-ins
Installing one of these is pretty simple and straightforward, though not on the same level of regular add-ins. You see, the user will be required to click on Files, then Options to fire up the options menu. Look for the words, Add-ins. Select it, then choose COM-Add-ins, and hit the button that says, Go.
Finally, click Add from the section that comes up, and search for the add-in stored on your hard drive for addition. Once you’re done with it, follow the procedure again, but this time, hit Remove instead to delete it.
2] Disable all add-ins
Have you ever felt the need to disable all add-ins in a single go? You may find yourself wanting to do this due to corruption or whatever else.
Go to File, Options, Trust Center, and finally, select Trust Center Settings. From the new section, select Add-ins, and under (COM, VSTO, and Other), move along and tick the box beside Disable All Application Add-ins.
Bear in mind that by disabling, you could be making your office suite unable to perform certain tasks, do don’t forget that.