Presenter '13: The Articulate Tab on the PowerPoint Ribbon Is Missing

Article Last Updated Oct 05, 2016

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If the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon is missing or some of the Articulate Presenter buttons aren't working, follow the steps below to enable the Articulate add-in and verify your Trust Center Settings.

Enable the Articulate add-in for PowerPoint

You'll need administrative privileges to enable inactive add-ins. You may need to ask your IT staff for assistance.

  1. First, open PowerPoint Options by doing the following for your version of PowerPoint:
    • PowerPoint 2010 or Later: Go to the File tab, and click Options.
    • PowerPoint 2007: Click the round Microsoft Office button, and choose PowerPoint Options.
  2. Select the Add-Ins tab on the left side of the window that appears.
  3. From the Manage drop-down at the bottom of the window, select Disabled Items and click Go.
  4. If anything is shown as being disabled, select it and click the Enable button. 
  5. Go to the Manage drop-down again, but this time select COM Add-ins and click Go.
  6. Make sure Articulate Presenter IPC Handler is checked.
    ​Tip: If you're using an older version of Articulate Presenter, you may see Articulate Presenter Communicator and Articulate Presenter Ribbon instead. Make sure both boxes are checked.
  7. Click OK, then restart PowerPoint for the changes to take effect.

Verify your Trust Center Settings in PowerPoint

If the Articulate tab is still missing or inactive, make sure your PowerPoint Trust Center Settings aren't preventing add-ins from working. Here's how:

  1. First, open PowerPoint Options by doing the following for your version of PowerPoint:
    • PowerPoint 2010 or Later: Go to the File tab, and click Options.
    • PowerPoint 2007: Click the round Microsoft Office button, and choose PowerPoint Options.
  2. Select the Trust Center tab on the left side of the window that appears.
  3. Click the Trust Center Settings button on the right side of the window.
  4. When the Trust Center opens, select the Add-ins tab on the left.
  5. If the box is marked to Disable all Application Add-ins, uncheck it.
  6. Click OK twice, then restart PowerPoint for the changes to take effect.

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