Overview of add-ons

To add more functionality to your documents, spreadsheets, and forms, you can install add-ons, tools built by third-party developers for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms. Once add-ons are installed, you can manage each one individually, and turn them on and off at any time.

Note: At the moment, add-ons are not available in the new version of Google Forms.

Install add-ons

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet (using the new Sheets), or form.
  2. Click the Add-ons menu and then Get add-ons.
  3. You can browse the entire add-ons store, or a particular category using the dropdown menu in the top-left corner. Hover over an add-on to see a short description or to quickly install it. To see a full description with ratings and user reviews, click the add-on.
  4. Click Add-ons Install Button to install the add-on.
  5. For most add-ons, a message will appear requesting access to specific data that the add-on needs to work. Read this message carefully and click Accept.

Once the add-on is installed, it’ll be listed in the “Add-ons” menu within all of your files of that file type. You can turn on the add-on in any of these files and other people working on the file will be able to see and use the add-on as well.

Managing add-ons

Once you install an add-on, you can choose how you want to use it, including turning it on or off for specific files.

Turn on and turn off an add-on

To turn on add-ons for a specific file you are working on, or to turn them off:

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet (using the new Sheets), or form.
  2. Click the Add-ons menu.
  3. Click Manage add-ons.
  4. From the list of add-ons, select the one you want to use.
  5. Click Manage.
  6. Click Use in this document. A checkmark will appear next to this option when the add-on has been turned on. To turn off the add-on for that file, click the option again.
Uninstall an add-on

To uninstall an add-on from all of your files:

  1. Open a document, spreadsheet (using the new Sheets), or form.
  2. Click the Add-ons menu.
  3. Click Manage add-ons.
  4. From the list of add-ons, select the one you want to use.
  5. Click Manage.
  6. Select Remove.
    • To report a problem with an add-on, you can also select Report an issue.
Add-ons are only available in English at this time. Visit the DocsSheets, and Forms add-ons stores.

Matt is a Docs & Drive expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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