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The "Code" group on my Developer tab in PowerPoint 2010 is entirely disabled. For clarity, the "Visual Basic", "Macros", and "Macro Security" buttons are greyed/grayed out. I am also unable to open VB Editor via Alt+F11. Note that these options (including VB Editor) are available in Excel and Outlook of the same install.

I have reinstalled Office 2010, ensuring that Shared Tools are selected, with no success. I have searched through the registry for any obvious keys that might be responsible for this and found nothing. I have also searched for quite a while on other sites and came up with no answers.

Can you help? Is there a policy or registry key that might be disabling these functions?

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Check the trust center - file - options - trust center - trust center settings - disable all macros with notification and it will notify you to enable macros on projects where you want them. – Raystafarian Feb 29 '12 at 15:30
Unfortunately, that isn't the problem. That setting is already set to that effect. Visual Basic itself is completely inaccessible in the program. – variant Feb 29 '12 at 15:38
Have you tried setting it to 'enabled', maybe the prompt isn't displaying. Does this happen on all presentations or only certain ones? – Raystafarian Feb 29 '12 at 15:41
It's not about enabling macros - the entire VB feature set is absent in PowerPoint. So no presentations can be edited from a coding perspective. – variant Feb 29 '12 at 17:18
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Found the, er, problem. It was a policy setting under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\14.0\powerpoint

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