How to install and manage add-ins in Microsoft Outlook

Learn how to improve Microsoft Outlook with the help of the right add-ons.

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Microsoft Outlook is an effective and powerful program on its own, but perhaps there are features and options that I would like to offer. One way to expand the power and flexibility of Outlook is through add-ons. Microsoft provides a variety of add-ons, both free and paid, many of them aimed at business users. Created by different developers, Office add-ons are accessible directly from Microsoft through their Office Store. However, to access the add-ins for Outlook, you must run Exchange or Office 365 on the backend. That means you cannot access them for your own personal account with Gmail, Yahoo or other similar service.

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To get started, open Outlook. On the Startup Ribbon, you should see an icon for Get Add-ons. Click on that icon to display the list of available add-ons, starting with the selections of the Editor's Choice and then moving on to all the add-ons ( Figure A ).

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Start session in Exchange or Office 365 with your email address and password The Manage Add-ons setting in the General section shows the current add-ons and their status ( Figure D ) If you still cannot see or access the Outlook add-ins, then you may need to contact your mail or Office administrator to find out if the add-ons are enabled in your Office environment.

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Back in the list of add-ons through Outlook, you can examine the different items or search for a specific complement by name or other criteria. Note that the description of each add-on indicates whether it is free or requires an additional purchase or subscription ( Figure E ).

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To install a plug-in, simply click the Add button. Back in Outlook, the add-in will automatically appear on the appropriate ribbon according to how and when it should be used ( Figure G ).

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To manage your installed add-ons, click on the Add-ons icon on the ribbon. Select the My Add-ons section ( Figure H ).

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To remove an add-on that you no longer use, click on its ellipses bottom right corner and choose the Delete command ( Figure I ).

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Finally, you can add an add-on to this Click on the plus sign at the top The first option allows you to add an Office Store add-in, which we have already covered, The second and third options allow you to add an add-in – from a URL or manifest file. contain XML code which describes and complements and, sometimes, they are used within an organization to implement and test complements ( Figure J ).

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