3. Installing Third Party Add-ins

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Word can be complemented with additional functionality called add-ins. Learn how to install these add-ins using the Office Store.


Lesson Goal

Learn how third-party add-ins can add useful functionality to Word.

What are third-party add-ins?

A Word add-in is additional functionality to Word that is not a part of the typical Word installation. Word has its own add-ins, but other companies create add-ins for Word too. The ones made by other companies are called third-party add-ins.

There are two ways of installing third-party add-ins for Word.

Installing third party add-ins with the Office Store

The first is to use the Office Store. To open this, navigate to the Insert tab and select Get Add-ins.

Here we can browse add-ins using the categories to the left and we can search for them using the search box in the top left.

In this lesson, we install 3 add-ins using the Office Store, Consistency Checker, Pexels and Symbol Search.

We’ll start by searching for Consistency Checker. We’ll click Add next to the add-in to install it. We can repeat this for the other two add-ins.

Installing third party add-ins with an executable file

The other method is for tools that aren’t available on the Office Store. In this lesson, we installed Grammarly which is not in the Office Store.

To do install the Grammarly add-in we need to navigate to the Word add-in page on the Grammarly website and download the executable file. We need to run this file as if we were installing a separate program.

During the installation process, we need to enter our Grammarly log in details or create a new account. Once installed we need to close Word and boot it up again before the Grammarly functionality is available.


In the previous lesson, we finished learning about macros. In this lesson, we'll learn how third party add-ins can add useful functionality to Word.

These tools are called "third party" because they're not developed by Microsoft.

We use the term "add-ins" because they need to be installed on top of the Word application.

Add-ins typically build on Word's existing tools.

For example, add-ins such as Grammarly and Consistency Checker add proofing capabilities not covered by Word's spell-checking tools. There are two types of add-ins.

The first type can be installed from the Microsoft Office store.

The second type must be downloaded from the internet and installed from an executable file, similar to how most programs are installed on a computer.

Note that many work computers have restrictions in place for installing software, especially from executable files. You may need to contact your IT department to approve these installations.

We'll get started by returning to the letter from the previous lessons.

We'll navigate to the insert tab and select the "Get Add-ins" command to open the office add-in window.

The main part of the window shows a list of add-ins.

We can narrow down this list by choosing a specific category to the left.

We'll now add a few of Word's most popular add-ins. The first is called Consistency Checker.

We'll click "Add," and almost instantly the add-in is installed.

Off camera, I'll quickly repeat this for the other two add-ins: Pexels and Symbol Search. We can view and remove our add-ins by clicking the "My Add-ins" command.

If we right-click an add-in, we can view further details, add a review, or remove it from Word.

We have one more add-in that we'd like to add: Grammarly. This advanced proofing tool provides more sophisticated grammar and spell checking than Word's tools.

Unfortunately, we won't find it in the Office store. Instead, we'll have to download an executable file from the Grammarly website.

You can find a link to this website in the summary below the video.

From the Office add-in page for Grammarly, we'll click "Free Download." Once the executable file is finished downloading, we'll open it.

We'll then click "Get started," and in the next page, we'll choose to install it for Word only.

Note that you need to have a Grammarly account to use this add-in.

If you have an existing account, you can log in here.

Alternatively, you can create a new account, or log in with a Google or Facebook account.

I'll log into an existing account.

Next, we'll click "Finish" to complete the installation.

The next time we start up Word, we'll be greeted with a reminder that Grammarly has been installed.

If we click the tour, we can see some info on how to use Grammarly.

Unlike the other add-ins, Grammarly has its own tab in the ribbon with a few different commands.

By clicking "Open Grammarly," we'll open the Grammarly pane to the right.

As free account holders, Grammarly will only check for critical issues.

These are mostly caught by Word's spell checker, so Grammarly is only worth installing if you have a premium account.

If we open "My Add-ins," we can see that Grammarly isn't here.

If we want to remove it, we'll need to uninstall it in the same way that we'd install a separate program. With all our add-ins fully installed, we can bring this lesson to a close. In the next lesson, we'll learn how to use the Consistency Checker add-in.

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