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What to do if add-in tabs or buttons do not appear

After an install, new tabs should automatically appear in Excel. Depending on your purchase you will see one or all of the following tabs in Excel 2007-2016: Assistants, Charts, Data Add-ins, Time Savers and Specialty. If you installed the Business Analysis Collection or the Risk Analysis Collection then you would see tabs named Business or Risk.

Sometimes the tabs and tool bars do not appear after an installation or the tabs or tool bars have disappeared after many months or years of use.  Sometimes, a crash of Excel causes. Sometimes Microsoft updates, IS updates, or third party installs (or de-installs) may cause the disappearance.  All are easy to solve.

To make the new tabs appear for Office 365, Excel 2016 compatible releases
  • Open Excel and do the following:
  • Excel 2010-2016:
    • Click the green File ribbon tab, Options, Add-ins. 
    • Then, in the right side panel click the GO button beside "Manage Excel Add-ins"
  • Excel 2007:
    • Click the round Office button, Excel Options, Add-ins. 
    • Then, in the right side panel click the GO button beside "Manage Excel Add-in
  • All:  If you see Add-in Mgr 2007-2013 checked
    • uncheck it
    • close the dialog by the OK button
    • close Excel (must do!)
    • Then repeat the above steps to display the dialog
  • All:  A small dialog titled "Add-ins" will appear. Click the BROWSE button on this box
    • Go up to the Roaming folder (just click on it in the folder path box)
    • Select the Folder named "Add-ins" under the Roaming folder
    • Select ONLY the file named "Add-in Mgr 2007-2013.xlam" (the one in this folder is the correct one)
    • Click OKs to close the dialogs.

For installs purchased before Office 365, Excel 2016 (pre Sept 15, 2015 installs):

  •   Open Excel and do the following:
    • Excel 2010-2013:
      • Click the green File ribbon tab, Options, Add-ins. 
      • Then, in the right side panel click the GO button beside "Manage Excel Add-ins"
    • Excel 2007:
      • Click the round Office button, Excel Options, Add-ins. 
      • Then, in the right side panel click the GO button beside "Manage Excel Add-ins"
  • All:  A small dialog titled "Add-ins" will appear. Click the BROWSE button on this box and go to:
    • Computer (Windows 7 or 8) or My Computer (XP)
    • C Folder (sometimes called C Disk or C Drive)
    • Program Files (x86)
    • Open the "Add-ins" folder (not the default "addins" folder)
  • Make the following selection:
    • Excel 2007-2013: Add-in Mgr 2007-2013.xlam - do not select any other file.
  • Once you have selected the product, Click Open which will exit you back to the add-ins dialog
    • If told you are replacing an entry, agree to the replacement.
  • Click OK to close the add-ins dialog.  The tabs or toolbars will then appear. In a few very rare cases, you may need to close and re-open Excel to have the tabs and ribbons appear.

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