I am a professional Excel Developer and I have an Add-In showing up when I open Excel, but cannot figure out how to remove it. I have tried using the Excel Options>Add-In window and going to Excel Add-Ins, COMs, and every other option available in the Manage section. I cannot find the Add-In that is appearing in the Add-Ins tab up in the ribbon.

I believe I got this by opening a file from a potential client about a year or so ago. (The file has since been deleted.) But again, I don't recall intentionally installing anything and I'm baffled as to why I cannot find out where to get rid of it. Also, while I'm an Excel Developer, I've never gone down the route of creating Excel Add-Ins, so this is nothing I created myself or attempted to work on for a client.

Any thoughts? I'm running Excel 365 on Windows 10. I'm really hoping not to have to uninstall and re-install MS Office.

Thank you.

  • Would help to have any info on the add-in in question prob
    – urdearboy
    Dec 17, 2019 at 17:18
  • The Add-In simply has a drop down button on the Excel Ribbon. There are 3 choices. Every time I click one, it says it cannot find a file (refers to a ".xlsm" file I once had on my Desktop). That's about really all I can add. I don't recall ever using the Add-In and even so, the file is gone I should be able to remove the Add-In, correct?
    – QuittersNL
    Dec 17, 2019 at 17:25
  • Does ActiveMenuBar.Reset in the Immediate Window do anything?
    – BigBen
    Dec 17, 2019 at 17:27
  • Yes, that seems to have done it. Thank you BigBen!!
    – QuittersNL
    Dec 17, 2019 at 17:40

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For the sake of closing this question:

Try ActiveMenuBar.Reset in the Immediate Window in the VBEditor to reset the ribbon.

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