How To Ensure Your Microsoft Office VBA Add-in File Is Installed & Loaded

By Chris Newman •  Updated: 08/16/16 •  4 min read
How To Ensure Your Microsoft Office VBA Add-in File Is Installed & Loaded

What This VBA Code Does

There may be times when you want to incorporate code from your add-ins into other VBA procedures or give others access to call your add-in macros. To prevent errors occurring on the off chance the add-in was unloaded or never installed, you can use VBA code to ensure the add-in is properly loaded into Excel, PowerPoint, or whatever Microsoft Office program you are using.

NOTE: This code will only search the default Microsoft Add-ins folder for your desired add-in file. If you store your add-in files in a custom folder, this code will not work for you.

Sub InstallCheck_E2P()
'PURPOSE: Load Addin from Add-ins Folder If Not Currently Installed
'SOURCE: www.TheSpreadsheetGuru.com/the-code-vault

Dim myAddin As AddIn
Dim TestAddin As Variant
Dim StoreError As Long
Dim AddInName As String
Dim AddInExtension As String

  AddInName = "MyAwesomeAddin"
  AddInExtension = ".xlam"

'Test if Add-in Is Currently Installed
  On Error Resume Next
    Set TestAddin = Workbooks(AddIns(AddInName).Name)
    StoreError = Err
  On Error GoTo 0

'If Add-in Not Installed, Find it in Add-ins folder & Load
  If StoreError <> 0 Then
    For Each myAddin In AddIns
      If myAddin.Name = AddInName & AddInExtension Then
        myAddin.Installed = False
        myAddin.Installed = True
        GoTo ExitSub
      End If
    'Could Not Find Add-in to Install
      MsgBox "Could not find the " & AddInName & " add-in file to install"

  End If


End Sub

Using VBA Code Found On The Internet

Now that you’ve found some VBA code that could potentially solve your Excel automation problem, what do you do with it? If you don’t necessarily want to learn how to code VBA and are just looking for the fastest way to implement this code into your spreadsheet, I wrote an article (with video) that explains how to get the VBA code you’ve found running on your spreadsheet.

Getting Started Automating Excel

Are you new to VBA and not sure where to begin? Check out my quickstart guide to learning VBA. This article won’t overwhelm you with fancy coding jargon, as it provides you with a simplistic and straightforward approach to the basic things I wish I knew when trying to teach myself how to automate tasks in Excel with VBA Macros.

Also, if you haven’t checked out Excel’s latest automation feature called Power Query, I have put together a beginner’s guide for automating with Excel’s Power Query feature as well! This little-known built-in Excel feature allows you to merge and clean data automatically with little to no coding!

How Do I Modify This To Fit My Specific Needs?

Chances are this post did not give you the exact answer you were looking for. We all have different situations and it's impossible to account for every particular need one might have. That's why I want to share with you: My Guide to Getting the Solution to your Problems FAST! In this article, I explain the best strategies I have come up with over the years to get quick answers to complex problems in Excel, PowerPoint, VBA, you name it

I highly recommend that you check this guide out before asking me or anyone else in the comments section to solve your specific problem. I can guarantee that 9 times out of 10, one of my strategies will get you the answer(s) you are needing faster than it will take me to get back to you with a possible solution. I try my best to help everyone out, but sometimes I don't have time to fit everyone's questions in (there never seem to be quite enough hours in the day!).

I wish you the best of luck and I hope this tutorial gets you heading in the right direction!

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Chris Newman

Chris Newman

Chris is a finance professional and Excel MVP recognized by Microsoft since 2016. With his expertise, he founded TheSpreadsheetGuru blog to help fellow Excel users, where he shares his vast creative solutions & expertise. In addition, he has developed over 7 widely-used Excel Add-ins that have been embraced by individuals and companies worldwide.