Outlook: Disabling Add-Ins to Improve Performance

Is your Outlook being slow? One way to help improve the performance is to disable add-ins that you aren't using. When you startup Outlook, a number of add-ins load alongside the main application. These often are adding features that you might not even realize are available. It's nice, but it could be affecting your experience negatively depending on how powerful your computer is.

Try going through the list of add-ins and disabling those that you feel you won't need. To do this, go to the 'File' tab and click on 'Options'. From the options on the left-hand side of the window that appears, click on 'Add-Ins'. At the bottom now you should see a 'Manage:' combo box. Make sure that you have 'COM Add-ins' selected, and then click the 'Go...' button just next to it.

[For anyone that has the 'Developer' tab enabled on the ribbon, just go there and click on the 'COM Add-Ins' button - you'll end up with the same dialog box open.]

Now, you're going to see a list of add-ins with checkbox controls next to their names. Go ahead and scroll through this list and uncheck any add-ins that you would like to disable. As an example, I personally never make use of the social connector. I unchecked the box next to 'Microsoft Outlook Social Connector'. I also have disabled a number of different add-ins that are from third-party software applications that can integrate with Outlook.

When you have finished making your selections, click on the 'OK' button and restart your Outlook to see if your situation has improved at all. It could be that you won't notice much of a difference, or you might be missing features that you normally would use. Don't worry - if you want to get something back, just repeat the instructions in this post and put checkmarks next to add-ins to enable them once again. Everything is reversible!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize I had so much stuff running in the background. This made everything go so fast thank you.