Content Office Add-ins

Content add-ins are surfaces that can be embedded directly into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents. Content add-ins give users access to interface controls that run code to modify documents or display data from a data source. Use content add-ins when you want to embed functionality directly into the document.

Example: Content add-in

An example image displaying a typical layout for content add-ins.

Best practices

  • Include some navigational or commanding element such as the CommandBar or Pivot at the top of your add-in.
  • Include a branding element such as the BrandBar at the bottom of your add-in (applies to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint add-ins only).

Variants

Content add-in sizes for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in Office 2016 desktop and Office 365 are user specified.

Personality menu

Personality menus can obstruct navigational and commanding elements located near the top right of the add-in. The following are the current dimensions of the personality menu on Windows and Mac.

Personality menu on Windows

For Windows, the personality menu measures 12x32 pixels, as shown.

Image showing the personality menu on Windows desktop

Personality menu on Mac

For Mac, the personality menu measures 26x26 pixels, but floats 8 pixels in from the right and 6 pixels from the top, which increases the occupied space to 34x32 pixels, as shown.

Image showing the personality menu on Mac desktop

Implementation

For a sample that implements a content add-in, see Excel Content Add-in Humongous Insurance in GitHub.

Additional resources