To keep a clean system, or sometimes to install new versions of add-ins, it is sometimes necessary to uninstall any unneeded Outlook add-ins. Note that we are talking about traditional installed desktop add-ins (the kind where you have to download a setup program), not the “modern” style Office 365 add-ins. You can read our article on how to remove those types of add-ins.
There are basically two ways, from Windows using the Control Panel, and from the setup program itself. Assuming that the installation program is well written, there is no difference between the two methods.
How to uninstall add-ins from Microsoft Outlook:
- Exit Outlook
- Go to Start…Control Panel…Programs and Features…Uninstall a Program
- Look for the manufacturer’s name in the list (all our products are listed under “Sperry Software – name of add-in”)
- Highlight your selection and select Remove
The above method works on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, and is Sperry Software’s preferred way. Note that if you don’t see the add-in listed, you may need to view the other instructions on how How To Remove Office365 Add-ins.
This next method requires that you have the original setup executable.
How to uninstall add-ins from Outlook using an add-in’s setup program:
- Exit Outlook
- Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the setup EXE that was originally used to install
- Double click it to start it
- Select Remove from the list
Note that not all add-ins support uninstalling both ways, but almost all add-ins support at least one of these two ways.
Still having trouble? You can follow these tips to further help.
How to remove stubborn add-ins:
- Reboot your system
- If you can, try one of the other methods listed above
- If you’re removing a Sperry Software add-in, you can use our Uninstall Add-Ins tool
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