Microsoft Office 2007 Add-ins May Become Disabled when
Loading Older Microsoft Office Applications
Provided by: Molly Pell, Technical Project Manager
Microsoft offers several add-ins for Microsoft Office 2007 to offer
additional functionality or features. For example, the
Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS add-in is a free and popular supplement to
Microsoft Office 2007 that allows you to export to PDF and XPS formats.
These add-ins behave perfectly fine if Office 2007 is your only office
platform, but they may become disabled if you are using side-by-side
installations of Office. For example, an Office 2007 add-in may become
disabled when Office 2003 is loaded.
Assume you are happily using the Save as PDF or XPS add-in under
Microsoft Office Access 2007, when you decide that you need to open Access
2003. When Access 2003 loads, it attempts to load all of the Office add-ins.
Since the Save as PDF or XPS add-in is only supported under Office 2007
programs, it fails to load. Office thinks that the add-in is broken, and
marks it as disabled so that Office won’t try to load it anymore.
The next time Access 2007 is loaded, it sees that the add-in is disabled,
and does not try to load it.
Don’t fret – you can re-enable the add-in through the options form.
Follow these steps to re-enable add-ins that have become disabled:
- Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Access Options,
Excel Options, PowerPoint Options, or Word Options.
- On the Tools menu, click Add-ins:
In the Manage drop down list, select "Com Add-ins", and
Check all of the add-ins that you want to re-enable, and
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