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.
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.
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
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.
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.