Excel Add Ins For Mac

An add-in enhances or works with Office 2011 for Mac software in some way. Add-ins are sometimes called plug-ins or add-ons. Here are three examples of excellent commercial-quality add-ins that work with Mac Office:

  • EndNote (www.endnote.com): A high-end bibliography product for Microsoft Word.

  • MathType (www.dessci.com/en/products/MathType_Mac): The full version of Equation Editor that’s included in Office. It lets you put mathematical symbols in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • TurningPoint (www.turningtechnologies.com): Use clickers to capture audience responses in real time and present the results on PowerPoint slides. This software is used in classrooms, quiz shows, marketing studies, and more.


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Open the Add-ins Menu in Excel. Select the Tools menu in menu bar. Select the Add-Ins option. Press the Select button in the Add-Ins window. Find the add-in file that you saved on your computer in Step 1. Then press the Open button. The add-in file should now appear in the list of available add-ins in the Add-Ins window. To get new add-ins, select Store. To use add-ins you already have, select My Add-ins. The add-ins you'll see will depend on the app you're using and the kind of Microsoft 365 subscription you have. Office for Mac doesn't currently support organization-based add-ins.

Many add-ins made for Office for Windows can work on your Mac, so be sure to check their system requirements. Almost all add-ins can be made Mac-compatible with a little effort, but you may have to request the developer of a nonfunctioning add-in to make that extra effort.

You can put add-ins anywhere in Finder. If you want to make an add-in available to all Mac OS X user accounts on a computer, put them into Applications:Microsoft Office 14:Office:Add-Ins. The Documents folder is a good place to put add-ins to be used by a particular OS X user account.


A few commercially produced add-ins are installed using the Mac OS X installer program. Because making an installer is an art of its own and takes extra time and effort on the add-in developer’s part, you install most add-ins manually using the Add-Ins dialog in Office.


A Word add-in is a template file that contains VBA (Visual Basic Editor) code. You can add such a template to the Templates and Add-Ins dialog. In PowerPoint and Excel, an add-in has a special file extension and is not necessarily a template.

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Add-In Extensions
ApplicationNew Add-In File ExtensionOld Add-In File Extension
Excel macro enabled template.xltm.xlt
PowerPoint macro enabled template.potm.pot

To open the Add-Ins dialog, here’s what you do:

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  • Word: Choose Tools→Templates and Add-Ins.

  • Excel and PowerPoint: Choose Tools→Add-Ins.

  • Word, Excel, and PowerPoint: Click the Developer tab on the Ribbon and then click Add-Ins→Add-Ins.

When you have the Add-Ins dialog open, you can do the following simple tasks to add, remove, load, and unload add-ins:

  • Load: Same as selecting the check box next to the add-in’s name. Loading also runs the add-in. (Available only in Excel and PowerPoint.)

  • Unload: Same as deselecting an add-in’s check box. Unloading disables the add-in. (Available only in Excel and PowerPoint.)

  • Add: Click to open the Choose a File browser, where you can browse to an add-in template in Finder and add your add-in to the list.

  • Remove: Click to remove the selected add-in from the list.

In Word, when you select an add-in’s check box or click the Add button, you load the template, thereby making the VBA routines that it has available globally within all open documents in Word. A loaded template is called a global template. Revisit the Templates and Add-Ins dialog to re-load your template(s). To disable an add-in, deselect its check box or click the Remove button.

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Excel and PowerPoint add-ins are also loaded and unloaded using check boxes. When you close Excel or PowerPoint, add-ins that were loaded at closing reload themselves when you reopen the application.