Installing an Add-In in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

What are add-ins?

In computing, an add-in (also called plug-in, add-on or extension) is a software component that adds specific commands and features to a software - in the example case Microsoft Excel®, but Microsoft PowerPoint® works alike. 


Planning Helpers are VBA add-ins and come in the regular add-in file formats: .xlam (Excel) and .ppam (PowerPoint). For the set-up you do not need admin rights. 

Steps for installing any add-in for Microsoft Office

The steps below apply to the installation of any add-in for Microsoft Office®.

  1. Save the file temporarily to your desktop (unzip it, if zipped) and copy the file to your clipboard
  2. Click the File tab, click Options, and then click the Add-Ins category.
  3. In the Manage box, click Excel Add-ins, and then click Go. The Add-Ins dialog box appears.
  4. Click search to open the Add-In folder and paste the file from you clipboard into the folder
  5. Select the Add-In, and then click OK
  6. In the Add-Ins available box, select the check box next to the add-in that you want to activate, and then click OK.
  7. The Charting Helper Add-In appears in the ribbon menu.