Eliminate CS4 Toolbar in Excel 2003

Posted on 2010-01-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
When I installed Adobe CS4 it created a "Contribute" toolbar and menu in Word & Excel 2003. I have to turn the Contribute toolbar off everytime I open an office file and it is a pain! How do I get rid of this intrusive toolbar for good?

I can see no options in Contribute to eliminate this. An uninstall and reinstall of Office 2003 made no difference.
Question by:Eirman
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    Expert Comment

    Delete a toolbar or menu

    On the Tools menu, click Customize, and then click the Toolbars tab.
    In the Toolbars box, select the custom toolbar you want to delete.
    Click Delete.
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    Solution 1: Hide the Contribute toolbar in Microsoft Office programs (Contribute CS3 or 4).
    Make sure that Contribute and any Microsoft Office programs are closed before performing the next steps.
    For Contribute 4, browse to C:\Program Files\Adobe|Contribute 4\
    For Contribute CS3, browse to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Contribute CS3\
    Rename the file OfficePlugin.dll to OfficePlugin.old,
    Relaunch the Office application and verify that the toolbar is gone.

    Note: To enable the Contribute plug-in you will need to rename the OfficePlugin.dll file back to its original name and then run the following command: regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Contribute CS3\OfficePlugin.dll"

    Solution 2: Hide Contribute toolbars in Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox (Contribute CS3 or 4).
    In Internet Explorer, from the menu bar, go to Tools > Manage Add-Ons. Or in Firefox, go to Tools> Add Ons.
    Locate and select Adobe Toolbar and set the status to Disable in the Settings area (Internet Explorer) or under Extensions (Firefox) .
    For Contribute CS3, select ContributeBHO Class and set it to Disable (Internet Explorer) or click the Disable button (Firefox).
    Contribute will then disable the file contributeplugin.dll
    Click Ok and the Contribute toolbar should be disabled when you restart Internet Explorer or Firefox.

    Solution 3: Use the installer to remove Contribute toolbars (Contribute 4 only).
    Go to Start > Add/Remove Programs.
    Locate and select Adobe Contribute 4.
    When the Wizard appears, click Next.
    Select Modify for Contribute 4 and click Next again.
    Deselect the plug-ins you want to remove and click Next.
    Click next and then click Install.

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    Author Comment

    Thanks ICaldwell, I had tried that, but the toolbar keeps coming back when the program restarts

    Thanks for the comprehensive reply Munnday. Solution 1 worked fine so there was no need to try the others - full points
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    Author Closing Comment

    Many Thanks

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