Surprisingly, a lot of folks are still unaware of the Microsoft Office Store and the multitude of add-ins available to supercharge ⚡ your favorite Office products. Since opening up the Office platform to third-party developers, the list of high-quality add-ins has skyrocketed. So that you don’t have to go scouring through the Office Store looking for the best productivity add-ins, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites below.
Power-user | Excel | PowerPoint
Free 3-month trial
Complete with editable maps, a vast icon library, and a huge collection of templates, the Power-user add-in for Excel and PowerPoint will undoubtedly streamline your presentation and report creation process. Despite the fact that Power-user is packed with features (too many for me to mention here) its clean interface and unobtrusive integration into Office is a welcome surprise in a world where feature-rich apps often opt for "all the features" over a quality user experience.
Pickit | PowerPoint | Word | Sway
Pickit provides curated image collections for your next presentation or report. Easily search for images based on any category or theme from right within PowerPoint or Word. Pickit’s focus is on beautifying your documents and with the simplicity of the interface and vast collection of royalty free photos, the add-in achieves just that. As Pickit says on their website, “Say goodbye to boring.”
Grammarly | Word (Windows Only)
Looking to increase the quality of your writing while correcting mistakes, outdated spellings, and grammar errors? Grammarly has you covered. Grammarly comes as a free add-in for Word on Windows (sadly it’s unsupported on Mac) and will make sure everything you type is clear, effective, and mistake-free. The add-in also goes beyond the traditional spell checking that Word provides and will alert you to correctly spelled words used in the wrong context.
Office Tabs | Excel | PowerPoint | Word
Office Tabs brings the familiarity of internet browser tabs to Office apps. If you’re like me, you use Chrome’s browser tabs to organize and keep track of all sorts of different web pages, articles, and to do items. Office Tabs allows you to organize Office documents the same way you organize and prioritize web pages. My favorite feature has to be “save all tabs with one click” – awesome 👍.
DocuSign for Word | Word
Free trial, $10/mo. after
DocuSign’s nearly ubiquitous use in the business world makes it an indispensable tool for the modern business. Add a secure signature right into your document or request a signature from someone else, without ever leaving Word. There’s nothing out there that beats DocuSign in terms of extensibility and ease of use.
Woodpecker | Word
Woodpecker takes the hassle out of document prep and standardization by automating an organization's most frequently used documents. Automate, standardize, and share any document that your entire team can utilize and collaborate on. You can quickly craft reusable documents that automate the tedious process of document preparation – saving you hours of time, and dramatically boosting your productivity.
These are just a few of the many add-ins available for the entire Office suite on the Microsoft Office Store. Take a look around the store and check out some categories that seem relevant to you. Let us know if there are any add-ins that we missed!
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