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What about PowerPoint 2007, Office 2007, PowerPoint 2010, Office 2010?

VERY IMPORTANT: Apply the latest Microsoft service pack for Office 2007. Service packs fix several bugs in PowerPoint 2007 that can prevent it from working properly with add-ins.

The compatibility information below assumes

PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010 and PPTools - Compatibility

FixLinks Yes May have minor problems locating links on some slide masters
Merge Yes  
StarterSet and StarterSet Plus Yes  
ShapeStyles Yes ShapeStyles does not record the new styles and formatting features in PowerPoint 2007 but it records and applies any formatting features that are backward compatible with earlier Poweroint versions.
Optimizer Yes Doesn't optimize images on some slide masters
ImageExport Yes  
Protect Yes  
Prep4PDF Yes  
Palette NO Discontinued, will not be updated. Registered Palette users qualify for a free upgrade to ShapeStyles Try out the free demo, then use the Contact Us link to request your free upgrade. Please supply the name you registered Palette under.

Do we recommend upgrading to Office 2007 or 2010?

Upgrading to Office 2007 or 2010?

If you've decided to update an existing Office setup to 2007 or 2010, do this:

  1. Uninstall your PPTools add-ins first. Click Start, Control Panel and use Add/Remove Programs to remove All PPTools add-ins.
  2. Install the new version of Office.
  3. Start PowerPoint and choose the following security settings:
    • Click the Office Button (2007) or File Tab (2010) then click PowerPoint Options at the bottom of the pop-up menu
    • In leftmost pane of the PowerPoint Options dialog box that appears, click "Trust Center"
    • Click "Trust Center Settings"
    • In the leftmost pane of the Trust Center dialog box that appears, click "Add-ins"
    • Under "Add-ins" on the right, UNCHECK all three options.
    • In the leftmost pane of the Trust Center dialog box, click "Macro Settings"
    • Under "Macro Settings" on the right, click "Disable all macros with notification".
    • Click OK
  4. Quit PowerPoint
  5. Download the latest versions of your PPTools add-ins here and run the installer(s).

If you've already updated your earlier Office to Office 2007 / 2010

You may see messages about how your PTools add-in can't find its files when you start PowerPoint or you add-ins don't seem to be working, go to our downloads page and download the latest version of the installer for your add-in and run it.

In most cases, that will solve the problem. If not, please get in touch with us ... use the Contact link to your left.

If the addins don't work or appear to be disabled

Toolbars, Menu items

PowerPoint 2007 and later no longer have toolbars or menus. Toolbars now appear on an Add-Ins tab. For example, here's what the Add-Ins tab looks like after installing the PPTools Starter Set:

This makes add-ins less convenient than in previous versions of PowerPoint. You now must first click the Add-Ins tab in order to use them. But read on ...

Make your add-ins more accessible

Though you can't change toolbars and menus in PowerPoint 2007 and later, you now have the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT), which you can customize. To make your PPTools and other add-ins easy to get to, do this:

You now have two new buttons on the QAT. One exposes the toolbars and buttons your add-ins have installed, the other makes the add-ins' menu items available.


To uninstall PPTools add-ins, use Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Software as you would for any other program.

Because of changes in PowerPoint 2007 and later, the uninstaller may leave the PPTools menu item and toolbar buttons behind on the Add-Ins tab. To remove one of these "orphan" toolbars, right-click any button on the toolbar and choose "Delete Custom Toolbar" from the pop-up menu.

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