There are many different types of add-ins for Microsoft Word 2010 that can increase the functionality of the program. Some of these add-ins are great, and can help to simplify tasks that would otherwise be difficult to complete. But some of these add-ins are not helpful, or may even cause Word 2010 to run poorly.
Fortunately you can elect to disable an add-in that has been added to your copy of Word 2010. Our guide below will show you the steps to deactivate an add-in that is currently running in Word 2010.
Turn Off an Add-In in Microsoft Word 2010
The steps in this guide will assume that you currently have an add-in enabled in Word 2010, and that you wish to disable it.
- Open Word 2010.
- Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
- Click Options at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window. This is going to open a new window called Word Options.
- Click the Add-Ins option in the column at the left side of the Word Options window.
- Locate the add-in that you would like to disable, then take note of the Type listed in the section at the top of the menu. You can then click the drop-down menu to the right of Manage at the bottom of the window, then click the Go button. For example, if I wanted to disable the Acrobat PDFMaker add-in in the image below, then I would select the COM Add-Ins option in the menu.
- Click the box to the left of the add-in to remove the check mark, then click the OK button.
If you decide later that you want to re-enable the add-in, then you can follow these steps again, but add a check mark to the left of the plug in in step 6.
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