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How to remove an AddIn? I don't have the VSTO code. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I downloaded and played around with a few samples of VSTO for Word.  Then, I threw them all into the recycle bin and emptied the bin.  Now, I opened Word and noticed that one of the templates is still loading into Word, but I don’t want it loading into Word.  How can I remove this AddIn, without having the original VSTO sample?

    Sunday, November 6, 2011 3:34 PM

Answers

  • To remove your add-in, start up MS Word 2010.  Select File > Options.  In the Options dialog, select Add-Ins.  At the bottom, from the "Manage:" dropdown list, select COM Add-Ins.   The COM Add-Ins dialog appears.  Select any of the sample add-in names you might have created;  it should show the complete path for your add-in DLL beneath the list, which you might want to make a note of in case you want to delete anything else.  Then, click the Remove button.

    This should prevent the add-in from appearing again.

    Good luck!

    Anonymous9748

     

    • Marked as answer by ryguy72 Sunday, November 6, 2011 11:13 PM
    Sunday, November 6, 2011 4:35 PM

All replies

  • To remove your add-in, start up MS Word 2010.  Select File > Options.  In the Options dialog, select Add-Ins.  At the bottom, from the "Manage:" dropdown list, select COM Add-Ins.   The COM Add-Ins dialog appears.  Select any of the sample add-in names you might have created;  it should show the complete path for your add-in DLL beneath the list, which you might want to make a note of in case you want to delete anything else.  Then, click the Remove button.

    This should prevent the add-in from appearing again.

    Good luck!

    Anonymous9748

     

    • Marked as answer by ryguy72 Sunday, November 6, 2011 11:13 PM
    Sunday, November 6, 2011 4:35 PM
  • Wow!!  Awesome!!  So easy, and it totally manes sense. 

    Now, I've got to get into the in the 2010-mindset. 

    Sunday, November 6, 2011 11:13 PM
  • Hi ryguy

    Thing is, when you've done this the Registry entries are still there. This can really clutter your Registry.

    Before you throw things away it would probably be wise to open them again in Visual Studio and run "Clean build" (think of it as the opposite of Debug (F5)). That will clean up the Registry and remove them from the lists in the UI.


    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:06 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Cindy,

    And if you no longer have the projects around (because they've been deleted), is the correct Registry location to clean up old add-ins as shown below?

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Excel\Addins

     

    Regards,

    Anonymous9748

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:19 PM
  • Hi Anonymous

    for Excel, yes.


    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
    Tuesday, November 8, 2011 5:37 PM
    Moderator