Office Timeline tab missing from PowerPoint

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Symptoms

After a successful install, Office Timeline tab (also known as Office Timeline ribbon) is missing from PowerPoint.

Overview

Typically, when the Office Timeline ribbon does not appear in PowerPoint (or disappears from PowerPoint), the cause is related to one of these three things:

  • Office Timeline becomes disabled or is conflicting with other add-ins.

  • PowerPoint requires elevated privileges to run Office Timeline.

  • Office Timeline needs to be installed with correct permissions.

Solution

Please try the following steps (A, B, C) in this order:

A) Make sure Office Timeline is enabled and not conflicting with other add-ins:

  1. Open PowerPoint, click File (or the Office button), click Options, and choose Add-Ins on the PowerPoint Options dialog box that opens.

  2. In the details pane, check to see if Office Timeline appears in the Disabled Application Add-ins list.


    If Office Timeline is listed in Disabled Application Add-ins...
    You will need to enable Office Timeline by selecting Disabled Items from the Manage drop-down list and press Go.


    Then select Office Timeline from the list of disabled add-ins and press the Enable.

  3. Select COM Add-ins in the Manage drop-down list and press Go.

  4. In the COM Add-Ins dialog box, check Office Timeline and un-check all other add-ins (you can re-enable them one at a time later).

  5. Click OK. PowerPoint will add Office Timeline to the ribbon.


 

B) Run PowerPoint with elevated privileges. 
NOTE: This is a critical step to try. 

Follow the steps in the Run PowerPoint with Elevated Privileges article on how to run PowerPoint with elevated privileges. 

 


 

C) Install Office Timeline with Elevated Permissions

  1. Uninstall Office Timeline.  In Windows, navigate to the Control Panel > Programs and Features and uninstall Office Timeline.

  2. Add your user account the local machine Administrator Group by following these steps.

  3. Download and install the latest build of Office Timeline from https://www.officetimeline.com/updates.

  4. Open PowerPoint and test Office Timeline.

  5. Close PowerPoint and repeat this step to test is staying functional.

  6. Remove User account from Admin group.

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