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Loading a Word Add-in

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You can load an add-in manually, automatically, or programmatically.

To load a Microsoft® Word add-in manually, select Templates and Add-Ins from the Tools menu, and then select the check box next to the template's name in the Global templates and add-ins list.

Note   If the add-in does not appear in the list, click Add to locate it. When an add-in is loaded, it is available to each new document that is created until you clear the check box in the Global templates and add-ins list in the Templates and Add-Ins dialog box.

To load a Word add-in automatically, save the template file in the Word Startup folder on your computer.

To load a Word add-in programmatically, you can try one of the two following methods.

  • Call the Add method of the AddIns collection and pass in the add-in file name. By default, the Add method adds the add-in to the AddIns collection, if it is not there already, and loads the add-in. If the add-in is in the AddIns collection, it will appear in the Global templates and add-ins list in the Templates and Add-Ins dialog box. To add the add-in to the collection without loading it, pass in False for the optional Install argument.1.
  • Set the Installed property of the corresponding AddIn object to True. When you try to set this property, an error will occur if the add-in has not been added to the collection already.

If an error occurs in a loaded add-in, you cannot debug the add-in code while it is loaded or view or modify its project. To view or change the code that is in the add-in project, open it directly in Word.

See Also

Word Add-ins | Creating a Word Add-in | Running Code When a Word Add-in Is Loaded or Unloaded