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Missing Developer Tab in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Learn about the missing Developer tab in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Mac OS X






Unlike in previous versions of PowerPoint on Mac such as PowerPoint 2011, the new PowerPoint 2016 on Mac has no option to enable the Developer tab on the Ribbon. So what about all the options within that tab? And why did Microsoft take it away? Let us learn more.

To find answers to these questions, let us first look at the options available within the Developer tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011, as shown in Figure 1, below.

Options within the Developer tab in  PowerPoint 2011
Figure 1: Options within the Developer tab in PowerPoint 2011

A user asked Microsoft why the Developer tab was removed in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, and their response was that this tab was removed because all options within this tab are already available elsewhere.

So where are these options now? Let us find them all, one at a time:

Editor: Choose the Tools | Macro | Visual Basic Editor option, as shown in Figure 2, below.

Visual Basic Editor and Macros
Figure 2: Visual Basic Editor and Macros

Macros: Choose the Tools | Macro | Macros… option, as shown in Figure 2, above.

Add-Ins: Choose the Tools | Add-Ins… option, as shown in Figure 3, below.

Add-Ins
Figure 3: Add-Ins

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