What is a PowerPoint Add-in?

What is a PowerPoint Add-in?


Thanks for visiting!  We've received a few inquiries from customers seeking to better understand what add-ins are and how our tools work.  We thought it would be helpful to answer some common questions about "what" PPT Productivity's tools are:

What is a PowerPoint Add-in?

PPT Productivity is a PowerPoint Add-in. An add-in is a way to extend the features available when using PowerPoint.  These are a legitimate way to augment functionality and Microsoft provides guidance about how to install add-ins on their website: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/add-or-load-a-powerpoint-add-in-3de8bbc2-2481-457a-8841-7334cd5b455f

(Please Note - when you download our free trial and/ or purchase a license, our installer will typically automate the steps listed in the link above.  We're sharing the link to reflect that add-ins are an approved way to augment available features).

Is an Add-in the same as a PowerPoint Macro?

Kind of.  Macros are used in the creation of an add-in - (when we created the first version of PPT Productivity for use by our colleagues in consulting we called it "Cool Macros").

Why do I need a PowerPoint Add-in?

Many of our customers work in Management Consulting, Investment Banking, Corporate Strategy and other roles requiring them to create a lot of presentations in PowerPoint.  Working long hours in such roles is an unfortunate reality - any time saving opportunity is very valuable!    PPT Productivity saves users time by streamlining creation and editing of presentations - for example with alignment shortcuts, our shape /slide gallery, color pane and customizable shortcut keys.   The key benefit our tools offer is helping you to spend less time creating polished presentations!

What is a Consulting PowerPoint Toolbar?

Because Consultants use PowerPoint so much, a number of management consulting firms have developed proprietary in house PowerPoint Toolbars (e.g. McKinsey BA Toolbar, Accenture QPT, Bain Toolkit).  We created some of the early toolbar features for Boston Consulting Group when working there.  Some consulting firms just customize the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) for their firm, while others have more extensive ribbons and functions (like ours!).   PPT Productivity was created with consultants in mind.  Our tools are now in use by Consultants, Strategy teams, Investment bankers and many other customers around the world.

Will PPT Productivity tools really save me time?

Yes we think so!  We offer a free 30 day trial so you can check it out for yourself (no credit card details required for the free trial download).

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