Bluebeam plugins are typically installed to bring Bluebeam functionality to Microsoft Office applications, but sometimes those plugins are missing. In this video, Jim shows you how use Bluebeam Administrator to enable any missing plugins that are not showing up in the Microsoft Office applications ribbon, and shows what to do if those steps still don't work.
- [Speaker] I have another course here in the LinkedIn learning library called, "Learning Bluebeam" and in this course I talk in several places about utilizing the plug-ins that get installed with Bluebeam Revu. And in particular, the plug-ins for Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, and Outlook. Now, these plug-ins are really the best way to create a fully functional PDF document that you want to work with inside of Bluebeam. When they're installed properly, the plug-ins from Microsoft Office applications show up in the menu ribbon.
Like I'm showing you here and clicking on them brings up another menu that gives you their functionality and lets you work with the plug-in. Now sometimes though, the plug in is missing like you see here in Excel. I don't see a plug-in here, in my ribbon. Now this can happen sometimes, particularly when you install an application after you already have Bluebeam installed. In that case, the plug in's not just going to show up. Fortunately, that's an easy problem to fix. The first thing you need to do though is close this application because the plug-in can't be added while it's open.
So let's go ahead and close Excel. And once it's closed you will need to find an application called Bluebeam Administrator and that would've been installed when you installed Bluebeam Revu. So I'm going to go to my Windows start menu, find and open the Bluebeam Software folder, and then click on Bluebeam Administrator. Now, when you click to launch this app you may get a Windows user account control dialogue box that looks like this and asks you if you want to allow this app to make changes to your device.
If so, go ahead and click on Yes because that is exactly what we want this app to do. So when we click Yes, we bring up Bluebeam Administrator and it starts on the plug-in tab where we can the different plug-ins that we have available. And we can see here that Microsoft Excel, the box is not checked next to it. So, we want to go ahead and fix that problem by clicking that check box and then clicking on Ok. Now this should have turned on this plug-in for Microsoft Excel.
Let's go ahead and take a look. We'll go back to our start menu. We will click on Excel. Just open up a new project template here and see we don't have it available so when that happens there is one more thing to check. We want to go ahead and go to file, click on Options, and find the option for Add Ins. Now if we click on Add Ins, it brings us to a screen that allows us to view and manage Microsoft Add ins.
Which is another way of saying Microsoft Office plug-ins. So, we want to, down at the bottom of the screen manage Calm Add Ins. So we'll select that and then click Go. And here, we want to make sure that check marks are checked next to anything that talks about Bluebeam Add Ins. So, we want to make sure that the Bluebeam Excel Link Add in is checked and that the Bleubeam Office Add In is checked. We'll click on Ok and as soon as we do that, we can see now that our Bluebeam Plug-in for Microsoft Excel, has been added or stored and we now have that functionality within our Microsoft Office applications.
As always, thanks for watching. I hope that this was a good tip for you and I hope to see you again in another episode of, Bluebeam Tips and Tricks.