Learn how to remove customizations from PowerPoint's PCB files in PowerPoint 2003.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
OS: Windows XP
PowerPoint add-ins help in adding new capabilities that can polish your presentation in many ways. But when the time comes to uninstall these add-ins for whatsoever reason, you might be surprised to find their menu customizations still existent! Click those menu extensions and nothing may happen -- but these menu options are still there! In another scenario, you may have customized your PowerPoint menus and toolbars to a large extent -- and may now want to restore everything to a pristine state -- almost like how the interface looked when you first installed PowerPoint.
In either case, it is possible to lose all these customizations. The key to this solution lies in PCB files. So what's a PCB file? Let's learn more.
A PCB file is a PowerPoint Settings file where PowerPoint stores every customization you make within the program interface -- this includes
moving toolbars, the appearance of new add-in menus and toolbars, customizing presentations, etc.
Whenever PowerPoint launches, it looks for this PCB file within a typical location:
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application Data\Microsoft\PowerPoint
If no PCB file is found, PowerPoint creates a new one! And this creation of a new PCB file can be put to advantage. To demonstrate further, we
have uninstalled all add-ins from PowerPoint 2003, but surprisingly one add-in seems to be persistent with its menu customizations, which are still
present within PowerPoint even after the uninstallation (see Figure 1, below).
Figure 1: Add-in customizations persist even after uninstallation
So to counter this issue, we need to rename or delete the PCB file:
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