Google Apps: Use Add-ons with Google Docs and Spreadsheets

Before you start...

Google has launched a new add-ons feature to their docs and spreadsheets. These add-ons function as apps, as they will be added to your Google drive and will have access to some your personal information (e.g., email address and Google documents). The add-ons provide helpful features to these forms and give you the opportunity to use both docs and spreadsheets more effectively. 

Docs and spreadsheets each have their own custom add-ons. Some example add-ons for docs include EasyBibThesaurus, Track Changes, and Translate. From these examples, you can see that the add-ons are common tools that we find in software programs, as well as from online sites. Now, with the new Google add-ons feature, you can access these tools directly from a Google doc or spreadsheet. 

Get Add-ons

  1. In a web browser, navigate to gmail.cedarville.edu > Click on the "Mail" link > Enter your CedarNet username and password > Click [Login].
  2. Once your inbox opens, in the top right corner, click on the "Apps" icon (grid with nine squares) > Select "Drive."
  3. Navigate to the doc or spreadsheet in which you would like to work.
  4. Click on "Add-ons" from the top menu bar > Select "Get add-ons..." 
  5. Scroll through the different add-ons. To learn more about a specific add-on, click on it.
  6. If you would like to get a specific add-on, click on [+ Free] > Click [Accept].
  7. To use an add-on once you have added it, click "Add-ons" from the top menu bar > Select the add-on from the drop-down menu. Remember that doc add-ons do not apply to spreadsheets, and vice versa. 

Manage Add-ons

  1. Click "Add-ons" from the top menu bar > Select "Manage add-ons..."
  2. If you would like to rate the add-on, click on the stars underneath "Rate it..." 
  3. Click [Manage] > From the list that appears, select what you would like to do with the add-on. 

Additional Resources

Google's official enterprise blog gives a broader overview of how to enhance docs and sheets with add-ons


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