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Add More Functions To Office 2007 By Installing Add-Ins

Sometimes in your daily work routine you might need some extra features from the Microsoft Office Suite.  One way to get extra functionality is through Office Add-Ins.  Sometimes these are bundled with Office but not included with the initial installation.  These are easily accessed and installed.  Here I will show how to install an add-in with Excel.

Open Excel and click on the Office Button and go to Excel Options and then Add-ins.

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In the View and Manage Office Add-ins window, near the bottom. make sure “Excel Add-ins” is selected in the drop down box and click Go.

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This will open up the Add-Ins window where you can select an appropriate package for your Excel tasks.  If you highlight each Add-In you’re provided a quick description of what each one is.

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In this instance I installed the Euro Currency Tools.  After choosing the one you want click OK and accept the default

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You will get a progress message while the add-in is installing.

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After the add-in is installed it will be available in the Ribbon.  In this case the Euro Currency Tool was place under the Formulas tab other add-ins may vary.

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Other times you can install an add-in from downloading an executable from the Microsoft Office site.  For Instance previously I wrote about the Save to PDF add-in for Word 2007.  Another one I featured was adding a Creative Commons license to documents.

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Of course there are also third party add-in programs that usually require purchasing a license after a trial period.  You can add a bit of security by making sure add-ins are digitally signed.  This is done through the Trust Center.  Go to the Office Button Options Trust Center Trust Center Settings and finally Add-Ins.

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Here you can add or change settings to your preference.  You can even disable them all together.

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  • Published 08/26/08

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