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How to Deploy Microsoft Office 365 Add-Ins

How to Deploy Microsoft Office 365 Add-Ins

Using the Office 365 Admin Center, you can deploy productivity enhancing tools in a few simple steps.

Credit: ShutterstockCredit: ShutterstockMicrosoft Office 365 Add-ons extend the functionality of the Office suite with a wide variety of productivity enhancing tools. The feature itself and the installation procedures have varied over the last few years, but with the Office 365 Admin Center deploying these tools is simpler than ever before and you can have new add-ons up and running in just minutes.

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Step 1: Log in to Office 365.

Step 2: Click on the app launcher icon in the upper-left corner of the page.

Step 3: Select Admin.

Step 4: Click Settings followed by Services & Add-Ins.

Step 5: Select "Add an Office add-in."

Step 6: Click Browse. Locate the previously downloaded .xml (manifest) file or enter the URL for the desired add-in.

Step 7: Click Next and then select Edit to enable the add-in for either individual users or user groups.

Step 8: Select Save.

The add-ons are now deployed and available to any user that you have identified. On the user side they simply need to click Insert followed by My Add-ins and then Office 365. Finally they double-click the desired add-in from the menu and it will complete installation.