I don't see the PerfectIt icon in my ribbon (Word 2007 or higher), how can I load it?

These instructions are for PerfectIt 3. If you have this issue with PerfectIt Cloud, see here.

The first thing to do is to restart your computer. Then uninstall and re-install PerfectIt. This solves over 90% of all issues with PerfectIt. If you need to contact support, it's the first thing we'll ask you to do.

If you've tried restarting and re-installing, then in Word 2007/10/13/16, click the 'File' tab. Then choose 'Options'. Then choose 'Add-Ins' from the left-hand side. You should see a list of all add-ins and PerfectIt should be there. If it's working correctly, PerfectIt should be in the 'Active Application Add-ins' section of that list. If it isn't there, find the drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen. It should say 'Manage: COM Add-ins'. Press the 'Go…' button next to that.

Managewordaddins The Word add-ins options screen (Enlarge image)

A screen like the one below will load.

addingaddin (1) The add-ins dialog (Enlarge image)

Make sure the box for PerfectIt is ticked. That will restore the icon.

Is it disabled?

If the icon doesn't appear, look back at the drop-down menu that said 'Manage COM Add-ins'. This time, click the drop-down and choose 'Disabled Items' from the drop-down list. Then press 'Go…'. If PerfectIt is in that list, click it and then click the 'Enable' button. That will restore the icon (you may need to restart Word).

Still not working?

Still can't see an icon for PerfectIt? We're here to help. Before you contact us, it's just worth trying to repeat that installation one more time. Uninstall PerfectIt, then restart your computer. Then download and install PerfectIt before you run any other files. When it is finished, load Word and see if it is there. If it's not, contact technical support and we'll get you up and running.

In a rush?

The next steps are a bit more complicated. However, if you're in a rush and want to try everything you can before contacting us, other steps that you can take are:

  • There might be a conflict with another add-in. Can you please uninstall any other add-ins. Then uninstall and re-install PerfectIt one more time.
  • Make sure you don't have more than one version of Word on your PC. If you have an old version that you occasionally use, that can be enough to stop add-ins from working properly. Please remove it. Then try uninstalling and re-installing PerfectIt again.
  • If you are not yet using Windows 10 or Word 2016, Microsoft has a Fixit utility that can help. Click this page and follow the instructions to run MS Fixit.
  • Change the name of your default template. To do that, make sure Word is closed. Then in Windows, click 'Start' and then 'Run' and type %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\ into the Run / Search programs box. Windows Explorer will open in the folder that contains your template. In that folder, find 'Normal.dotm' and change that filename to 'Normal.bak'. Then restart your computer and restart Word.
  • It's important that you don't run Word as an administrator. Shortcuts and links can mean you sometimes unintentionally end up with computers set up that way. To test if that's the problem, please open Windows Explorer. Then navigate to winword.exe and launch it by double clicking there. It's typically found in this folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16.
  • Make sure you're not running Word/Windows in XP compatibility mode. To make sure this is not the problem, find the winword.exe file (same location as above), right click it and select Properties and look for the compatibility tab. Make sure it is not being run in a compatibility mode for a previous version of Windows. Details are here. If it is, untick that box and PerfectIt should run.   

If none of the above works, please send us the log files (these will help us respond more quickly). the logs are stored in the equivalent of this folder: C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Intelligent Editing\PerfectIt 3\Logs\. If the logs are not there, they may be in your 'My documents' folder in a new sub-folder called "Add-in Express". In either case, there shold be two files (adxloader and adxregistrator). Please attach both of those in your email to us. If only one is available, please send that.