Useful Tips To Get Rid Of The Error Message Appearing While Trying To Enable Or Disable Add-ins In MS Office 2007 Applications

Many of you must have come across an error message while trying to enable/ disable add-ins in Microsoft Office 2007 applications including Outlook, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and others. The error message generally appears when you try to click on the checkbox for turning on/ turning off the add-ins for making their status state active/ inactive respectively.

The error message notifies you that it is not possible to change the status state of MS Office Add-ins which is registered in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

The reason behind this issue is the inability to change or modify the systems registry settings due to inadequate privilege or authority. The issue is mostly prevalent in Windows Vista which does not assign you with enough privilege or authority even though you log on as administrator.

Users logging in to other Windows operating systems including Windows Server 2003/2008 or Windows XP with a normal user account (having limited privileges) will also face the same issue.

Nevertheless, the solution to this issue is quite simple. You just need to follow the below mentioned procedure.

  1. Log on to the system from administrative user account and open any of the MS Office applications. Incase you use Vista, run Outlook, Excel, Word, Powerpoint or any of the affected MS Office application as administrator.
  2. Now in Outlook, go to the tab “Add-ins” (In Outlook 2007, you will find it inside Trust Center) to handle individual program add-ins or COM Add-ins.

Incase you are not able to find the option “Run as Administrator” in the context menu when you right-click on any office program, you need to create a shortcut of that MS Office program on the desktop. As another option, you may also navigate directly to Program Files -> Microsoft Office -> Office12 -> folder for running the program with admin rights.

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