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Author Topic: how to uninstall MS Office plugins  (Read 2344 times)

kalos

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how to uninstall MS Office plugins
« on: October 17, 2010, 03:37:12 AM »
hello

can you tell me please how to uninstall/disable all the plugins that so many programs install in MS Office 2003?

I dont want to fully uninstall the programs (like Acrobat, etc)

thanks

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Re: how to uninstall MS Office plugins
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 11:19:23 AM »
Hi Kalos,

It's been a while since I had Office 2003 installed... However, there are two routes to uninstalling/disabling add-ins. I'd try them in this order:

1. Disable the add-in from within the parent program (like Acrobat). You'll need to make sure that NO Office programs are running, including Outlook. You MAY have to re-run the parent program's installer and either customize the installation or repair the installation. This is how I used to have to deal with Scansoft/Nuance's PDF Converter Pro plug-ins, for example.
2. If the above doesn't work, if I recall correctly, you need to go into each Office 2003 program and click on Tools and then look for an "add-ins" entry in the menu. You might have to go to Advanced Options (can't remember - I do remember that each program is slightly different, or at least Outlook is different) and then look for add-in entries. The add-ins themselves are COM add-ins and/or something like EXCEL add-in, POWERPOINT add-in, etc. They changed all this radically with Office 2007 and I've been using 2007/2010 for almost three years...

A third option, if you know the name of the add-in, is to search for them in the Office program directory. They're usually stored in folders, something like: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\ADDINS\" but there are other places as well, for example: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\STARTUP" and "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\XLSTART". Finally, some add-ins get installed into their own Program Files folders, so keep an eye out there, too. E.g. Acrobat add-in files *might* be in a folder nested in the Adobe folder (C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobt...).

*I'd be VERY careful going the third option route above because you can wind up with references to deleted add-ins that remain in the Office application*

Hope this helps...

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Re: how to uninstall MS Office plugins
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 12:05:24 PM »
also check

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART

and

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\AltStart

I don't think addins get put here (Local Settings is a hidden folder):

C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office

It's just that Microsoft puts stuff in lots of places, so as long as I'm making a list....

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Re: how to uninstall MS Office plugins
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 12:49:15 PM »
Ah yes, I'd fogotten about those locations... Hopefully, kalos won't have to go beyond options 1 or 2 from my post (I used to HATE having to mess around manually removing add-ins). The third option above often requires a fourth step, editing the registry...
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Re: how to uninstall MS Office plugins
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 11:00:47 AM »
Nirsoft.net has a very efficient tool to disable and also maybe remove all office addins. 

http://www.nirsoft.n...utils/officeins.html
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