Deploy Office Add-ins in the Office 365 Admin Center

Note: This feature is currently in preview and is subject to change in future releases.

Office Add-ins help you personalize your documents and speed up the way you access information on the web (see Start using your Office Add-in). As an administrator, you can deploy custom add-ins for the users in your organization. You can do this using the Office 365 admin center and a custom XML manifest file.

Note: The Office 365 admin center is not a replacement for the SharePoint App Catalog. Use a SharePoint App Catalog to deploy add-ins to users in an on-premises environment.

Deploy an Office Add-in using the admin center

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. Select the app launcher icon Office 365 app launcher icon in the upper-left and choose Admin.

    Tip: The Admin tile appears only to Office 365 administrators.

  3. In the navigation menu, choose Settings then Services & add-ins.

  4. If you see a message on the top of the page announcing the new Office 365 admin center, click the message. This takes you to the Admin Center Preview (see About the Office 365 admin center).

  5. Choose Add an Office Add-in at the top of the page.

  6. Choose Browse to locate your manifest file (.xml) or enter a URL for it in the field provided.

    Office 365 New Add-In window
  7. Choose Next.

  8. The add-in is now enabled. Choose Edit to specify who can deploy it.

    (By default, no one can deploy the add-in until you identify people.)

  9. Search for the people or groups who you want to deploy the add-in and choose Add next to their name.

    Add users to Office 365 Add-In
  10. When finished, choose Save, review the add-in settings, then Close.

    You see your add-in along with other apps in Office 365.

    Office 365 admin center deployed Add-In

The end user experience

Now that you've deployed the add-in, your end users can start using it in their Office applications (see Start using your Office Add-in).

  1. In Word 2016, Excel 2016, or PowerPoint 2016, choose Insert > My Add-ins.

  2. Choose the Office 365 tab in the add-in window.

  3. Double-click the custom add-in you deployed earlier (in this example, Citations).

    Add custom Office Add-In

Learn more

Learn more about creating and building Office Add-ins.

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