Using add-ins in

Add-ins in are programs or utilities that help you automate tasks when you view or create messages. Microsoft has partnered with leading companies to build add-ins that help you get things done right from your inbox.

You can install an add-in by opening the Office Store from within or by going to Microsoft AppSource. When you install an add-in in, it will appear in other versions of Outlook as well. For example, if you install an add-in in, you will see the add-in when you open Outlook.​

Add-ins have access only to the data in the email message that you're working in.

All add-ins are validated by Microsoft, including those that you install from the Office Store. For more information, see the privacy statement and the terms and conditions section in the add-in’s consent form.

A screenshot shows the Add-ins for Outlook page.

To turn on an add-in, do the following:

  1. Click the drop-down menu on any email message in, and then select Get Add-ins.

    A screenshot shows an email message with the Get Add-ins option selected.

  2. On the Add-ins for Outlook page, select the add-in.

    For free add-ins, click Add.

    Screenshot of the Dropbox for Outlook add-in tile available for free.

    For paid add-ins and free trials, select Get it to finish your purchase.

    Screenshot of the Weather Outlook add-in available with a free trial or a payment.

You can also install more add-ins from the Office Store or Microsoft AppSource.

To remove an add-in, select the add-in, right-click it and then click Remove.

A screenshot shows an example of an add-in tile with the Remove option selected.

You can pin an add-in so it's easily available when you're composing an email message.

  1. Select SettingsSettings> View all Outlook settings > Mail > Customize actions.

  2. Select the check box for the add-in that you want to see when you’re composing a message.

Frequently asked questions

Your account supports add-ins.

Outlook detects if add-in requested keywords or entities, such as meeting suggestions or addresses, are in your message, and it underlines them. Please note that Microsoft always safeguards your privacy and doesn't attempt to read or comprehend your message. Even though you might see underlined text, no information is sent to the add-in.

Remember, the add-in can run only after you have given your consent to activate it and you selected the underlined text.

An add-in might send data to its own service, but only to complete the task you've requested. For example, the Bing maps add-in might send information to the Bing online service in order to find the location you've requested. All add-ins are required to comply by their privacy policies and Microsoft standards. See the add-in's privacy statement for more details.

Go to the Office Store, and search for the add-in you're looking for. Then, select the add-in to find information such as its overview, requirements, ratings, and reviews.

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