How to Use Add-ons in Google Docs [2022]


Google Docs is an online word processor that lets you create, format, and share documents online. It allows users to create, edit and save documents and spreadsheets online and save them to their drive or Google account. Any PC with an internet connection and a feature-rich web browser can view saved files in Google Docs. Google Docs is part of a wide range of online tools offered by Google and is connected to other online tools such as Google Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Google Forms and Google Keep.

Google Docs lets users import, create, edit, and update spreadsheets and documents in a variety of fonts and file formats. They can also create lists and tables and insert photos into Google Docs sheets. But despite all these features and benefits, sometimes we still need some tasks in our filled Google Docs sheets. In this case, we can install some add-ons in Google Docs.

In this article, we will therefore learn how to install and use add-ons in Google Docs. Both the Android app and the web version of Google Docs support add-ons, but unfortunately iOS users cannot install add-ons. Therefore, we’ll cover how to use add-ons in Google Docs on the web and Android apps.

What are Google Docs add-ons?

Google Docs Add-ons are extensions that allow users to customize and enhance their Google Docs experience. There are add-ons for Google Sheets, Slides, and Forms. Add-ons may provide functionality not available in the standard version of Google Docs. They can be used to improve productivity and personalize the way you work with your documents.

Add-ons are available on Google Workspace Marketplace. They are created using Apps Script, a server-side JavaScript platform that requires no configuration. There are different types of add-ons, including Sheets, Docs, and Forms add-ons.

How do I install and use add-ons in Google Docs on the web (PC)?

You can easily install and manage add-ons on your PC or laptop from the Google Docs website. All you have to do is follow a few basic steps. Let’s take a look at them.

How do I install add-ons on the Google Docs website?

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the Google Docs website.
  2. If you are already signed in with your Google account, you will be redirected to the Google Docs homepage. If not, sign in with your Google account.
  3. Next, open a blank sheet by clicking on the + icon.
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  4. Now click on Extensions in the top menu area. You will find Additional modules. Click on it then select Get add-ons..
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  5. This will open the Google Workspace Marketplace window, which lists all add-ons compatible with Google Docs. To search for a specific add-on app, use the search bar.
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  6. Then type your favorite add-on in the search bar and click on it.
  7. You will now be redirected to the page for that particular add-on. Click Install to add it to your Google Docs spreadsheet. You may also be asked for certain permissions. Allow them.
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Once your favorite add-on is installed, you need to learn how to use it. Follow these steps to manage add-ons in Google Docs.

How do I manage add-ons on the Google Docs website?

  1. Open a blank Google Docs sheet again and scroll down to the Extensions tab in the top menu.
  2. Then click Additional modules and click on the desired add-on.
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  3. In the new window on the right, you will see all available add-on options for your Google account. Select the desired feature.
  4. When you are done using the add-on and its features, click the cross icon to close the add-on.
  5. You can also uninstall any installed add-ons by going to the Extensions tab again. After selecting add-ons, click Manage Add-ons.
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  6. After clicking on this option, the installed add-ons will be displayed. Select the icons with the three dots, then choose Uninstall to completely remove the add-on from your account.
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With these steps, you can use and manage any add-on installed in your Google Account on Google Docs.

How do I install and use add-ons in Google Docs for Android app?

Similar to the web version of Google Docs, there are many add-ons you can install on the Android Google Docs app. All of these add-ons are installed from the Google Play Store and, like the website, can be easily uninstalled. Now we will look at all the steps to install add-ons in Google Docs Android app.

How do I install add-ons in the Android Google Docs app?

  1. Install Google Docs app from Play Store on your Android smartphone. If it’s already pre-installed, open the app.
  2. Select the most (+) in the bottom right corner of the app. Then click New document.
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  3. Next, select the three vertical dots in the blank document, then select Additional modules.
  4. Click now Get add-ons.
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  5. This will open all supported add-ons in the Android Google Docs app. Currently, only three add-ons are included in the Android Google Docs app.
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  6. Choose your favorite add-on and install it from the Google Play Store.

With all these steps, you can easily install add-ons in Google Docs Android app.

Now, you may want to know how to disable or remove installed add-ons on your Android smartphone. We’ll take a look.

How do I uninstall add-ons in the Android Google Docs app?

  1. Again, open a new blank document in the Google Docs app.
  2. Then tap the three dots in the upper right corner and tap Additional modules.
  3. You will now see all the add-ons installed on your smartphone. Select it now, then the desired function.
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  4. If you are using the add-on in question for the first time, grant all necessary permissions.
  5. You can also manage this add-on by removing or uninstalling it. Open the Add-ons tab again, then tap Manage Add-ons.
  6. Tap the blue toggle switch to turn it off.
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  7. You can also completely uninstall it by long-pressing the add-on icon and then selecting Uninstall.
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With these steps, you can easily use and manage any add-on installed in Google Docs Android app.

Easily use and manage all add-ons in Google Docs

Even though Google Docs is known for its simplicity, the ability to use add-ons is a plus. And with so many add-ons available, you’re sure to find some that will boost your productivity, especially on the Google Docs website. These add-ons will surely increase your productivity and help you perform some tricky tasks that might take much longer without them.

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