How to Add Add-ins in PowerPoint

PowerPoint add-ins are plugins that extend the capabilities of PowerPoint to help you be more productive. There are many free and paid add-ins available that provide additional functionality like advanced formatting, charts/diagrams, collaboration tools, and more.

In this article, we will walk through the steps to find, install, and use some of the most popular PowerPoint add-ins to enhance your presentations.

Finding PowerPoint Add-Ins

There are a few places you can browse and search for PowerPoint add-ins:

Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store has a collection dedicated specifically for PowerPoint add-ins. Here you can browse featured and top add-ins as well as search for specific add-ins by keyword.

Some popular PowerPoint add-ins in the Microsoft Store include:

  • PowerPoint Designer – Automatically generates slide layouts and designs
  • Power BI – Integrates Power BI charts and reports into slides
  • Visme – Diagramming and graphic design templates

Third-party services

There are many third-party sites that offer various PowerPoint add-ins as well, such as:

Browse their PowerPoint add-in catalogs or search by keyword to find add-ins relevant to your needs.

Installing an Add-In

Installing a PowerPoint add-in is simple. Here is the process:

  1. Open PowerPoint and click on the Insert tab.
  2. Click on Get Add-ins in the Add-ins section. Get add-ins button
  3. This will open the Office Add-ins dialog. Click the Store button to open the Microsoft Store page. Office Add-ins Store button
  4. Search or browse for the add-in you want and click Add to install it. Add-in Store
  5. The add-in will install automatically. When finished, you will get a confirmation that it installed successfully. Add-in installed confirmation

And that’s it! The add-in will now be available for use in PowerPoint.

Using an Installed Add-In

After installing an add-in, you can access it from the PowerPoint Insert tab.

For example, if you install the Power BI add-in, you will see a new Power BI section in the Insert tab.

Power BI add-in button

Click this to open the add-in sidebar pane. From here, you can sign into your Power BI account and insert charts, reports, and more.

Power BI add-in pane

The interface and capabilities will differ depending on the add-in. But most add-ins will be accessible from:

  • The Insert tab > Add-ins button
  • The Home tab > Add-ins button
  • The add-in sidebar pane (if enabled)

Refer to the add-in’s documentation for specifics on how to use it.

Useful PowerPoint Add-Ins

Here are some of the most popular and useful PowerPoint add-ins to help enhance your slide decks:

  • Presentationer – Automates slide timings and adds presenter notes
  • PowerMockup – Hundreds of mockup, diagram, and icon templates
  • Zoom for PowerPoint – Integrates PowerPoint with Zoom web conferencing
  • Slideshop – Beautiful presentation templates and graphics
  • Office Timeline – Intuitive Gantt chart maker for timelines
  • iSpring Suite – Create interactive eLearning content and quizzes

Take some time to search the Microsoft Store and other add-in catalogs to find the perfect add-ins to boost your PowerPoint productivity!


Add-ins help extend PowerPoint’s capabilities to create more engaging and impactful presentations. Finding and installing them is simple, and they integrate seamlessly into the PowerPoint interface.