No Add-ins loaded due to group policy settings for Office 2013 and Office 2016 programs

Symptoms

When you look at Add-Ins section of the Options dialog box in a Microsoft 2016 or Microsoft Office 2013 program, none of your add-ins are enabled, as shown in the following figure for Outlook.

no add-ins loaded in Outlook

If you then open the COM Add-ins dialog box by clicking Go, you cannot enable any of the listed add-ins. When you select any add-in, the COM Add-ins dialog box displays the following text.

The add-in you have selected is disabled by your system administrator.

The warning is shown in the following figure for Outlook.

warning message in Outlook

Cause

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This problem occurs because your administrator has configured a group policy setting to disable all COM add-ins.

The following registry data is used to disable all add-ins:

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\x.0\<application>\Resiliency

DWORD: RestrictToList

Value: 1

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\x.0\<application>\Resiliency\AddinList

Note

  • When this problem occurs, there is nothing listed under this key except for the Default REG_SZ value with no data.
  • In the above registry data, <application> is the name of the Office 2013 program in which you are experiencing this problem.
  • In the above registry key path, x.0 corresponds to version of Office (16.0 = Office 2016, 15.0 = Office 2010).

More Information

Through group policy, an administrator can manage the add-ins that are loaded in Office 2016 or Office 2013 programs. The following group policy settings are used to manage this functionality.

  • List of managed add-ins

    This policy setting allows you to specify which add-ins are always enabled, always disabled (blocked), or configurable by the user. To block add-ins that are not managed by this policy setting, you must also configure the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy setting.

    To enable the List of managed add-ins policy setting, you must provide the programmatic identifier (ProgID) for each COM add-in that you want to manage. To obtain the ProgID for an add-in, use the Windows Registry Editor on the client computer where the add-in is installed. Locate the registry key names under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office<application>\Addins or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office<application.\Addins.

    To use this policy, you must also specify how each add-in should be managed. To specify how each add-in is managed, configure one of the following three options:

    0: The add-in is always disabled (blocked)

    1: The add-in is always enabled

    2: The add-in can be manually enabled or disabled by the user

    When you enable the List of managed add-ins policy, the following registry data is configured on the Office 2016 or Office 2013 client:

    Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\x.0\<application>\Resiliency\AddinList

    REG_SZ: <ProgID for the add-in>

    Values: <one of the following values>

    0 = The add-in is always disabled (blocked)

    1 = The add-ins is always enabled

    2= The add-in can be manually enabled or disabled by the user

    Note

    In the above registry key path, x.0 corresponds to version of Office (16.0 = Office 2016, 15.0 = Office 2010)

  • Block all unmanaged add-ins

    This policy setting blocks all add-ins that are not managed by the "List of managed add-ins" policy setting.

    If you enable the Block all unmanaged add-ins and List of managed add-ins policy settings, all add-ins are blocked except those that are configured in the List of managed add-ins as 1 (always enabled) or 2 (configurable by the user).

    When you enable the Block all unmanaged add-ins policy, the following registry data is configured on the Outlook client:

    Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\x.0\<application>\Resiliency

    DWORD: RestrictToList

    Value: 1

Note

  • If RestrictToList is set to 1, but you do not enable any add-ins using the List of managed add-ins policy, all COM add-ins are disabled.
  • In the above registry key path, x.0 corresponds to version of Office (16.0 = Office 2016, 15.0 = Office 2010).