Add, load or remove add-ins for PowerPoint, Excel or Word


Add-ins (or add-ons) are programs that add complimentary features to Microsoft Office applications. There are 2 sorts of add-ins: VBA add-ins and COM add-ins. VBA are easier to build add-ins. COM stands for Component Object Model, and enables a large number of options for the customization of add-ins.

Add-ins for PC

Add a VBA add-in

VBA add-ins can be installed from within the target application (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook, Access…).

From any of these application, click File or the Office button at the top left.

Click Options and then Add-ins on the left menu. You should see a list at the bottom of the page. In this list, click PowerPoint add-ins / Excel add-ins / Word add-ins etc. and press Go.


A dialog box opens, with the list of all add-ins installed for the current application. Click Add New and browse for the add-in you want to install and click OK. It should be a .ppa or .ppam for a PowerPoint add-in, a .xla or .xlam for an Excel add-in, and a .dotm for a Word add-in.


You might then get a security notice. Click Enable Macros if you trust the source. Your add-in should now be installed.

Add a COM add-in

Installing a COM add-in is very easy. One of the benefits of a COM add-in compared to a VBA add-in is that it usually comes as an executable that will automatically install as you follow the install wizard.

For inquiries specific to the Power-user add-in, please refer to the technical FAQ or send us an email.

Load an add-in

Sometimes an add-in can be installed but now loaded. This can happen in particular if the default behavior for the add-in is not set to load at startup of the application.

Click on File or the Office button at the top left of your application.

Click Options and then Add-ins on the left menu. You should see a list at the bottom of the page. Press Go. A dialog box opens, with the list of all add-ins installed for the current application. Click Remove to permanently remove an add-in from your application.

Remove an add-in

To remove or disable an add-in from PowerPoint, Excel or Word, proceed similarly by clicking on File or the Office button at the top left of your application.

Click Options and then Add-ins on the left menu. You should see a list at the bottom of the page. Press Go. A dialog box opens, with the list of all add-ins installed for the current application. Click Remove to permanently remove an add-in from your application.

Add-ins for Mac

From PowerPoint, Excel or Word, go to the Developer tab and click Add-ins / Add-ins. A dialog box opens.


From this dialog box, you can easily load, unload, add or remove add-ins.

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