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Add-Ins For Improving Productivity with Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office’s application suite is a prominent part of day to day life for most businesses. Their products range from the simple word processing application that started it all to the more complex database software used for managing multiple clients for small businesses. However, despite the many iterations that improved the user interface, the phrase easy to learn and hard to master still exists for several applications. Luckily, Microsoft added an “add-ins” button in the insert tab of all their software. With that in mind, the goal of this article is to offer the reader useful Add-ins to enhance their Microsoft Office experience.

#1 Pickit

Pickit is another PowerPoint Add-in for adding images to presentations. Pickit also includes helpful presentation design, and layout ideas to create a visually appealing presentation.

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#2 Grammarly

The first Add-in to recommended in this article is one that will have a use for all readers. This Add-in is Grammarly which is a as the name implies a grammar checking software added to Microsoft Word, and Outlook. While both products have their own spell and grammar checking services Grammarly can check for plagiarism by accessing the internet along with improving a person’s writing style. Grammarly has a free version to download along with business, and academic versions.

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Modern Charts is an Excel Add-in created by Mzamose Holdings company. Modern Charts make visually appealing graphs and diagrams that present their information better than the basic ones available on Excel’s current build.

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#4 OfficeMaps

Office Maps is another plug-in that allows the user to search locations while typing them in their document. These can add to a presentation to help the audience visually understand

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#5 Vertex42

The next Add-in provides templates for Microsoft Office, and Excel. Vertex42 has over 300 free templates for a user to peruse and find the one needed for his or her current project. These templates include invoices, personal finance sheets, and inventory with macros build for quick calculation

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#6 Adobe Sign

Another Microsoft Add-in is Adobe Sign. This program gathers electronic and legally binding signatures. This makes it so that the document and legal agreement safely stored in the cloud. Adobe Sign like their other services is not free and has a monthly subscription plans that range from individual to enterprise.

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#7 Lucidchart Diagrams

The fourth plug-in on this list is Lucidchart Diagrams. This program makes it easy to create fill-able diagrams, graphs, and flowcharts. These graphic aids allow for people working together in a team to comment and gain a better understanding of their current project.

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Quorus is a Microsoft Add-in that makes Outlook able to create custom templates shared within a business. Quorus can save perfectly constructed responses to frequent questions asked by clients along with personalized nondisclosure agreements.

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#9 Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is an Add-in that allows access to all of Adobe’s stock images while using PowerPoint. This gives the user high quality images, without the worry of copyright that come at a cheap monthly fee of $9.99.

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#10

Harmon.ie is an Add-in that works with all the Microsoft products. It is a document sharing tool that makes it quick and easy to share with colleges instead of having to provide links

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#11

MyScript Math Sample is a tool that lets the user handwrite math equations into Word. The equations get converted into regular font afterwards.

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