What is a PowerPoint Add-in?

By | December 19, 2018

Thanks for visiting!  We’ve received a few inquiries from customers recently seeking to understand what our tools are so we thought it would be helpful to answer some common questions about “what” our tools are:

What is a PowerPoint Add-in?

PPT Productivity is a PowerPoint Add-in. An add-in is a way to extend the functionality of PowerPoint.  These are a ‘legitimate’ way to augment functionality – Microsoft even 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 for you that they list in the link above – we’re sharing the link to highlight that add-ins are an approved way to access additional 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 we actually called it “Cool Macros”).

Why do I need a PowerPoint Add-in?

Most of our customers are working in Management Consulting, Investment Banking, Corporate Strategy or other roles where they create a lot of presentations in PowerPoint (the kind of roles where overtime is an unfortunate reality and any time saving opportunity is much appreciated!).   In these roles PowerPoint is often used to produce presentations as client deliverables.  PPT Productivity saves users time by streamlining creation and editing of presentations – for example with alignment shortcuts, a customizable shape/slide gallery, customizable color palette.   The key benefit of our tools is to enable you to save time creating polished presentations!

What is a Consulting PowerPoint Toolbar?

Because Consultants use PowerPoint so much, a number of management consulting firms have developed in house PowerPoint Toolbars (e.g. McKinsey BA Toolbar, Accenture QPT, Bain Toolkit).  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 developed  initially with consultants in mind, but our tools are 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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