Enable add-ons in Docs editors

Add-ons in Google Docs editors are tools built using Google Apps Script. You and your users can install add-ons to bring more functionality to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.

Examples of add-ons include a document approval system, a digital signature app, advanced image editing for presentations, and tools for working on other systems, such as Salesforce®.

After they're installed in a Docs editor file, add-ons are available to all files of the same type: all Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms files. Learn more about using add-ons

Note: The Admin console setting controls only whether users can install add-ons from the add-ons store, (accessed from the Add-ons menu in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms). It doesn't affect whether users can install add-ons from G Suite Marketplace.

To allow add-ons in your organization, choose one of these options:

Deploy only specific add-ons across your organization
  1. As the administrator, deploy the desired add-ons via the G Suite Marketplace.
  2. Ensure that your users can't install additional add-ons from the add-ons store:

    1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

      Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

    2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenDrive and Docs.
    3. Click Features and Applications.
    4. If you want to turn on this feature for only some users, on the left, select an organizational unit. Otherwise, it applies to everyone.

      You can only select an organizational unit for this feature if you have G Suite Enterprise, Business, Education, Nonprofits, or Drive Enterprise edition. (Compare G Suite editions.)

    5. Uncheck Allow users to install Google Docs add-ons from add-ons store, then click Save. When this is setting is saved:
      • Users can't install any add-ons themselves, and add-ons previously installed from add-on stores are disabled.
      • Users can continue to use add-ons installed from Marketplace.
      • Users can see the add-ons menu in their documents and they can browse the add-ons store.
  3. In the G Suite Marketplace, whitelist the add-ons you want users to install. Learn more about whitelisting Marketplace apps.
Allow users to install add-ons from the add-ons store
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Appsand thenG Suiteand thenDrive and Docs.
  3. Click Features and Applications.
  4. If you want to turn on this feature for only some users, on the left, select an organizational unit. Otherwise, it applies to everyone.

    You can only select an organizational unit for this feature if you have G Suite Enterprise, Business, Education, Nonprofits, or Drive Enterprise edition. (Compare G Suite editions.)

  5. Check Allow users to install Google Docs add-ons from add-ons store, then click Save.
  6. Users can now install and use add-ons.

After you change this setting, it may take up to an hour before the change takes effect in previously opened documents, and the change won't be seen until the documents are refreshed or reopened.

Deploy specific add-ons and allow users to install additional add-ons
  1. As the administrator, deploy the desired add-ons via G Suite Marketplace.
  2. Follow the steps in the section above to allow users to install their own add-ons via the add-ons store.
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