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Any way to batch-enable Outlook add-ins?

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Dear Mighty all!

I use a number of Outlook Add-Ins
1) Cloudmark Spam Net
2) Bells and Whistles (DS development)
3) Franklin Covey Plan Plus

I have two profiles
- Personal (POP3, SMTP)
- Corporate (Exchange, connect through Cisco VPN)

These plugings work just fine, when I am using Personal profile. When I go to Corporate, they cause me all sorts of trouble, but mostly important, I do not need them while using Corporate profile.

I have created a simple script which disables the add-ins by entering teh respectful registry keys into
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Resiliency\DisabledItems
and launches Outllok as
outlook.exe /profile Corporate

I created the registry file by exporting this registry keys while I disabled the add-ins via Trust Center

So far, so good. It purrs like a kitten.

But then I want my plugins back. One would think that I just need to zero the disabled items in
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Resiliency\DisabledItems

No way! That does not help. Even if I delete all the entries in this registry branch, that does not help. I have to manually enable teh add-ins via Outlook Trust Center.

So, my question (-s):
1) Is there any way to automatically (e.g. via the script file) enable Outlook add-ins? (not through the Trust Center or other utility)
2) Where in the name of Lord are those registry entries that control which of my outlook add-ins load?

I have Outlook 2007 SP2 on Vista.

Thanks a million for your help.
To disable and load a certain profile (this works)
@echo off
regedit /s C:\Users\Konstantin\Documents\Plugin_mngmnt\NoCovey_Cloudmark_etc.reg
cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
outlook.exe /profile Corporate
 
To enable (this does not work, since I dunno where to change registry)
@echo off
regedit /s C:\Users\Konstantin\Documents\Plugin_mngmnt\all_inc.reg
cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
outlook.exe /profile Personal

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by:Timoros
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Try this if you like:
Create a shortcut for your Corporate profile with the switch /noextensions (Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.)
Create a shotcut for your personal profile without any switches !!
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by:ksmirnov
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Is it just me or what... but the /noextensions option seems to be having no effect. The extensions still pop up.
Ideally I would like to have the ability to randomly disable the add-ons, not all or nothing. I have the neat small utility from DS Development which lets me disable plugins.
http://www.emailaddressmanager.com/outlook/add-in-manager.html

But each time I have to manually go and check-uncheck the add-ins. Which is waht I want to avoid.

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by:ksmirnov
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Is there a way to enable add-ins by an Outlook profile? Say I enable this addin in Outlook Profile A, but disable it in a Profiule B? Anybody?
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