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Most Access third party tools are implemented as either ActiveX controls or as MDA files (Access code library databases). However, a few third party Access add-ins are implemented as COM add-ins. COM Add-Ins are installed totally independent of normal Access Add-Ins - Access does allow you to manage (install / uninstall) COM Add-ins, but by default the menu item is not available on the toolbar.
This guide will show you how to open the COM Add-In manager in Microsoft Access so that you can install / uninstall COM Add-ins yourself. Note that the Access COM-Add-In manager is not the same as the VBA COM Add-In manager, nor is it the same as the ordinary Access Add-In Manager.
Follow these steps:
You should now see a dialog similar to the following: (screenshot from Access 2003)
The above dialog shows that I have a total of 4 COM Add-ins installed, 3 being disabled and 1 enabled.
Please note: do not remove any items marked as #401 - they are add-ins used by Access for internal wizards and are only activated when needed. If you remove them, you risk losing important functionality in Access.
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