Get an Office Add-in for Excel

Office add-ins can help you personalize your documents or speed up the way you access information on the web. For example, with an add-in you could look up items on Wikipedia or add an online map to your document without having to leave Excel.

Are you looking for information about COM add-ins for Excel? If you are, see Add or remove add-ins.

Important: New name for apps for Office - Office Add-ins. We are currently updating our products, documentation, samples, and other resources to reflect the platform name change from "apps for Office and SharePoint" to "Office and SharePoint Add-ins". We made this change to better distinguish the extension platform from Office apps (applications). While these changes are taking place, the dialogs and messages you see in your application might be different than what you see in this article.

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Using Office Add-ins in Excel 2016

Using apps for Office in Excel 2013

Using Office Add-ins in Excel 2016

You can use the web Office Add-ins in Excel 2016.

Get an Office add-in for Excel 2016

  1. Click Insert > Store.

    Screenshot of a section of the Insert tab on the Excel ribbon with a cursor pointing to the Store. Select Store to go to the Office Store and look for add-ins for Excel.

  2. In Office Add-ins box, browse for the add-in you want, or search for an add-in by using the Search box.

    Screenshot of the Office Add-ins page where you can select or search for an add-in for Excel.

  3. Click an add-in to read more about it, including a longer description and customer reviews, if available. Then, click Add or Buy for the add-in you want.

    If you’re prompted to sign in, type the email address and password you use to sign in to Office programs. Review the privacy information, and then click Continue (for free add-ins), or confirm billing information and complete your purchase.

Start using your Office add-in with Excel 2016

To start using your add-in with Excel 2016, double-click it in the add-ins list.

  1. Click Insert > My Add-ins.

    Screenshot of a section of the Insert tab on the Excel ribbon with a cursor pointing to My Add-ins. Select My Add-ins to access add-ins for Excel.

    Tip: You can also click your add-in under Recently Used Add-ins when you click the My Add-ins button.

  2. Double-click any add-in from the My Add-ins group in the Office Add-ins box to start using it. You can also select the add-in and then click Insert to start using the add-in.

    Screenshot shows the My Add-ins tab of the Office Add-ins page where user add-ins are shown. Select the add-in to start it. Also available are the options to Manage My Add-ins or Refresh.

    Note:  After you get a new add-in, it should show up in your My Add-ins list. If it doesn’t, click Refresh refresh to update the list.

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Using apps for Office in Excel 2013

The dialogs and other messages you see in Excel 2013 currently show apps for Office for the add-ins based on the web technologies provided by the new Office Add-ins model. These dialogs and messages are changing to Office Add-ins.

Get an app for Excel 2013

  1. Click Insert > Store.

    Screenshot of a section of the Insert tab on the Excel ribbon with a cursor pointing to the Store. Select Store to go to the Office Store and look for add-ins for Excel.

  2. In Apps for Office, browse for the app you want, or search for an app by using the Search box.

    Screenshot shows the Office Add-ins page where you can select or search for an add-in for Excel.
  3. Click an app to read more about it, including a longer description and customer reviews, if available. Then, click Add or Buy for the app you want.

    If you’re prompted to sign in, type the email address and password you use to sign in to Office programs. Review the privacy information, and then click Continue (for free add-ins), or confirm billing information and complete your purchase.

Start using your app for Office in Excel 2013

To start using your app, double-click it in the apps list.

  1. Click Insert > My Apps.

    Screenshot of a section of the Insert tab on the Excel ribbon with a cursor pointing to My Apps. Select My Apps to access apps for Excel.

  2. In Apps for Office, double-click any app to start using it.

    Screenshot shows the My Apps tab of the Apps for Office page.

Note:  After you get a new app, it should show up in your My Apps list. If it doesn’t, click Refresh refresh to update the list.

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