Insiders Fast: Mac Add-ins that Extend the Ribbon!

Hi Insiders,

Mi name is Humberto Lezama from the Office Extensibility team and I’m excited to let you know that add-ins on the Mac can now natively integrate with Office apps by extending the Office Ribbon. This functionality was first released on Windows and Office Online and today we are bringing Mac to parity, starting with Insiders Fast.

With add-ins you can add extra functionality to Office and we have a built-in store that makes it a breeze to find and install hundreds of add-ins. And now with this feature, add-ins can integrate natively with the Office UI.

Here is how you can try this feature

  1. Make sure you have Office for Mac build [170124] or greater. If you are in Insiders Fast and have the latest updates, you should be good.
  2. Open Word, Excel or PowerPoint and launch the store from Insert->Add-ins->Store.  Outlook for Mac also has this feature available now for Insiders, you can find the Outlook store on Home>Store.
  3. Search and install an add-in that uses commands. Some good examples:

Word

  • Pickit
  • Lucidcharts
  • Emoji Keyboard
  • IWritter Templates for Word
  • Content Chooser

Excel

  • Lucidchart
  • Content Chooser

PowerPoint

  • Pickit
  • Shuttestock
  • Emoji Keyboard
  • Pexels

You are welcome to install other add-ins too but keep in mind that they might not have been updated yet to integrate with the Office ribbon.

Known issues:

  • You may get “Error loading add-in” while installing from the Store due to an authentication issue.
  • You can’t remove/change Add-in buttons from ribbon/QAT customization UI. You can however uninstall the add-in (from “My add-ins”) and the buttons will be removed.

Work around for the “Error loading add-in” authentication issue

Make sure you are signed in to the Office store by

  • Launching a non-command add-in for example:
    • Word:Wikipedia
    • Excel: Bing Maps
    • PowerPoint: Poll Everywhere
  • If you get a sign-in prompt, sign with your account.
  • Fully “Quit” and restart the App.

Information for developers.

As you know, we have various add-in technologies. The one I’m talking about here is web add-ins, some of you might still know it by its original code name, Agaves. The feature highlighted in this post is add-in commandswhich allows you to integrate with the Office UI.

If you are interested in learning more and creating your own add-ins we have all the information you need here:

  1. Add-in documentation: https://dev.office.com/docs/add-ins/overview/office-add-ins
  2. Mac preview of add-in commands: https://aka.ms/cmac

Please give this feature a go and if you have any feedback let us know!

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Link http://dev.office.com/add-ins does not work. Returns Page Not found.

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Thanks. Fixed the link. This one should work: https://dev.office.com/docs/add-ins/overview/office-add-ins

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Hi Humberto,

Can you clarify which Outlook users will see the Store option on the Home tab of the Ribbon? I don't see it with our organization's Exchange nor do I see it when I am using my personal Exchange/Office 365 subscription. If I remember correctly, only certain hosted exchange users will ever see the Store option.

Before I forget - Bing Maps (free) in Excel deserves a plug. It's fantastic. Finally, a cross-platform way to use maps to chart data in Excel.

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Hi Jim.  My understanding is that for Outlook the feature is already there for insiders fast: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/outlookformac/2016/12/07/add-ins-for-outlook-2016-for-mac-now-in-insider-fast/ but sounds like you are not seeing it? Let me know and I can ping some folks to get more info.

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Hi

I did not see the Store button in build 15.31, but it is there in today's build 15.32 170201. I clicked the button, was taken to a web page that showed which add-ins are already installed and linked to the Outlook Add-ins store. I went to the store and chose the Yelp addin. Then Outlook displayed this message:

The add-in did make it to the list of installed add-ins. The error message now displays when I open Outlook.

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I do not see the button in Outlook. Newest build. I use the German interface.

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Please go to the Outlook menu, choose About Outlook, and then reply with the version, build number and license type that you have. Thanks. Also state whether it is connected to an Exchange account or some other kind of account.
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Version 15.32, Build 170201, office 365 home, Exchange account

hope this helps

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Same here. Same build and I don't see it. 

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Do you have Office 365 subscription or some other license for Office?
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