Learn how to remove customizations from PowerPoint's PCB files in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
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 exist! 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:
If no PCB file is found, PowerPoint creates a new one! In other words, PowerPoint restores all default. Therefore, this creation of a new PCB file can be put to advantage. So to counter this issue, we need to rename or delete the errant PCB file:
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