How to temporarily disable a DocTools Word add-in

This article is for you if you want to temporarily disable a DocTools Word add-in on your computer without uninstalling it entirely. By disabling a Word add-in, you do not remove it from your computer. This means that you can quickly enable it again.

When would it be relevant to disable a Word add-in?

Note that all the DocTools Word add-ins provided via this website can be installed at the same time without conflicting.

However, you may have installed other Word add-ins together with one or more DocTools add-ins. You may experience that one or more features in a Word add-in from elsewhere stops working when a specific DocTools add-in is installed too. If the conflict occurs only when performing a specific action such as using a specific command, you can disable the add-in that provokes the problem just before performing the problem action and re-enable it again afterwards. Below, you will learn how you can quickly disable and re-enable a DocTools Word add-in or any other add-in listed in the Templates and Add-Ins dialog box.


It has been reported to me that the Insert Citation command in the EndNote add-in for Word fails with the error "Cannot edit range" if DocTools StopSpellingPopUp is installed and enabled. The problem is in EndNote and I cannot prevent it. However, if you disable  DocTools StopSpellingPopUp just before using the Insert Citation command and re-enable it again immediately after, you can keep both add-ins installed.

You may run into other conflict issues with other Word add-ins.

Other terms for disable/enable in relation to add-ins

You may also see the following terms used for disabling/enabling an add-in, depending on the situation:

  • deactivate/activate
  • unload/load

In VBA macro code, the term "Installed" in relation to an add-in means that the add-in is enabled/activated/loaded if Installed is TRUE and disabled/deactivated/unloaded if Installed is FALSE.

Two methods for disabling/enabling an add-in

Below, you will find two methods for disabling (or enabling) a Word add-in. METHOD 2, the macro solution, is the fastest to use. But if you rarely need to disable an add-in, METHOD 2, the dialog box solution, will work fine.

METHOD 1 – How to disable a Word add-in via dialog box

  1. Select the Developer tab in the Ribbon > Click Document Template to open the Templates and Add-ins dialog box.
    For help on showing the Developer tab, see
  2. In the list on the Templates tab in the dialog box, turn OFF the add-in you want to disable, e.g. because it is causing a conflict. Then click OK

The Templates and Add-ins dialog box – turn OFF the add-in you want to disable. The DocTools StopSpellingPopUp.dotm add-in is used in this example.

When an add-in is turned off in the Templates and Add-ins dialog box, it is unloaded from Word and the result is the same as if it was not installed. This also means that any tools the add-in ads to the Ribbon or elsewhere will be gone until you re-enable the add-in.

The method described above can be used to disable any add-in listed in the Templates and Add-ins dialog box – not only DocTools add-ins.

How to re-enable a disabled Word add-in

To re-enable an add-in again, repeat the steps above but turn ON the add-in instead.

All DocTools add-ins are installed in the Word STARTUP folder. This means that the add-ins will automatically be loaded and enabled when you start Word. Thus, if you exit Word after having disabled a DocTools add-in and without re-enabling it, it will automatically be enabled after exiting and restarting Word.

METHOD 2 – How to quickly disable and enable a Word add-in by using a macro

If you have to disable and re-enable an add-in repeatedly, the most efficient it to us a macro. Below, you will find a macro that you can adjust to work with precisely the Word add-in you want.

For help on installing a macro, see

Sub DisableOrEnableDocToolsWordAddIn()
    'Macro created 2023 by Lene Fredborg, DocTools -
    'The macro will handle the Word add-in specified in the constant cstrAddInName
    'If the add-in is turned ON, the macro will turn it OFF
    'If the add-in in turned OFF, the macro will turn it ON
    'This way, you can use the same macro to disable and re-enable the add-in
    Dim oAddIn As AddIn
    'Enter the name of the Word add-in between the quotation marks below
    'NOTE: The name works both without and with the extension .dotm
    Const cstrAddInName As String = "ADD-IN NAME"
    On Error GoTo ErrorHandler
    Set oAddIn = AddIns(cstrAddInName)
    'Disable the add-in if currently enabled and vice versa
    oAddIn.Installed = Not oAddIn.Installed
    Set oAddIn = Nothing
    Exit Sub
    MsgBox "Could not disable/enable the " & cstrAddInName & " add-in.", vbOKOnly + vbInformation, "Disable/Enable Word Add-In"
    Resume ExitHere
End Sub

Example – how to make the macro work with DocTools StopSpellingPopUp

If you want the macro to toggle DocTools StopSpellingPopUp off or on, replace the code line:

Const cstrAddInName As String = "ADD-IN NAME"

with this line:

Const cstrAddInName As String = "DocTools StopSpellingPopUp"

OR with this line:

Const cstrAddInName As String = "DocTools StopSpellingPopUp.dotm"

Tips – quick access to the macro

For easy access to the macro, you can add the macro to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) or you can assign a keyboard shortcut to the macro.

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