I am packaging a plugin Forms Editor which gets integrated with Microsoft Word 2003/2007/2010.


But after uninstallation of the applicaiton the plugin still remains in Tools -> Forms Editor

and Tools -> Data Merge.


How to remove this entries after uninstallation.


After uninstallation the plugin doesnt show in Office COM plugins but the entries are remained in the Menu bar.


Kindly help!!


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How did you install this plugin? Check your registry first under:


and search for your ABL Forms Editor entry...chances are there is an uninstall string that you can run (eg. msiexec.exe /x {.......} )

if not, does the plugin have a website where they might have a support page?

Answered 08/26/2013 by: mattski
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  • Hi Mattski,

    There is an uninstall string but the addins tab is not getting removed after uninstallation.
  • When the application is getting installed, it creates a addin tab and inside that it creates two ribbons which are related to the application. But after uninstallation the tab along with the two ribbons are sustained.
    Kindly help
  • Ok I see...what most probably happened is that the uninstaller removed the plugin but did not update the ribbonxml file in Office Word. Find the XML file, search for the ABL plugin and remove the nodes (backup this file first!)

    Here is some documentation to shed some light: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa338202.aspx
  • Ok..but the file location will be different for each Microsoft version installed on the machine..
    exactly where this file needs to be kept to disable the tab.
  • Look in folder "%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\"
  • There is one normal.dotm file present in the location you told. But this file has settings for Word application so it can't be deleted. No idea how to remove the ribbon from word.
  • have you also checked in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\Addins" ? (I used Office2013 as an example)
  • What should I check in that folder???
    As of now I couldn't find any solution
  • you are going to have to show me the list of contents in that folder (I do not have a crystal ball!) - find anything that has a connection with ABL, search the registry for any keys or appdata folders which the uninstaller will forget to remove.
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