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Add-On Apps Come to Google Docs and Sheets

As a student, I think one of Microsoft Office’s greatest assets is its ecosystem of third-party plugins. When I’m writing a research paper, integrated encyclopedia look-up and custom dictionaries are a godsend. Google apparently recognizes their utility, too; today, the company announced the launch of add-ons for Docs and Sheets.

Add-ons work exactly as you’d expect: they can help expedite specialized tasks from within the Google Docs interface. Ever want to import names and addresses from a Sheet to a Doc? Avery Label Merge can help with that. Forget MLA or APA or Chicago style? EasyBib Bibliography Creator will set you on the right track. These and about 30 other extensions are available now, and Google say more are on the way.

Using add-ons is pretty straightforward. From within a Google doc or spreadsheet, click on the “Add-on” menu, and then click “Get add-ons” for a list of installable add-ons.

Any Google Docs users out there exited for this feature?

Via: Google Drive Blog


  • Jake

    This is great news for me. I have been installing the same old version of Office Suite that I’ve had since the late 90s on each PC that I’ve owned since then. Aside from basic word processing and spreadsheet functions, I haven’t needed features offered in the more current versions of Office. I just upgraded my Vista desktop to Windows 8.1 this past week, and I haven’t attempted to install my old version of Office yet. I’m not certain if it will install, so I might have to upgrade Office. I was just thinking that Drive gave us all that we needed except an easy way to mail merge for our Christmas card mailing list. The new Avery add-on for docs takes care of that, so all of my current needs are covered by Drive. My wife and and I each have a Chromebook, which makes this even better news for us both. I pretty much only use the desktop for Photoshop and Plex.

  • Matthew

    Whenever I have to write an essay or generally take some notes in English which I would be able to access anywhere, I use google docs. However, if I have to write in Polish then I don’t even touch google docs anymore, the spelling checker in it is simply crap, it would say simple words like “you” are wrong but it wouldn’t say that for ex. “asdadsada” is wrong.

  • BAM1789

    After just purchasing a Chromebook for a lightweight laptop to do some docs and surf the internet at school with, I was extremely happy to see this when I updated today.

  • Michael


    • trixnkix637

      so what really?

      • Michael

        droid-life, not google-life

        • trixnkix637

          Google>Droid… You do know that without one, the other wouldn’t exist? If all you want is Android related news why click on a non-Android related article?

    • youneverknow

      maybe it will come to android 🙂

    • Tyson

      One of the reasons I have a Note 3 is because of Docs, I find this to be very related.

  • Biz E B

    Google Docs blows dong.

    • Chris

      ding dong?

    • Intellectua1

      I literally laughed out loud..

  • monkey082506

    I’ve started using docs more here lately, I will definitely be checking this out.

  • William_Morris

    When Google Docs learns to nest tables and merge cells on their MS Word equivalent (along with a few other minor tricks), I’ll leave MS Word for good.