The Google Drive service offers many features that make your work easier, most notably: Saving a set of files, including documents, photos, and videos to Google servers and sharing them easily, but when compared with competing services, such as: (DropBox) and (i) ICloud from Apple, you will find that the Google Drive service derives its popularity from providing useful collaborative tools, and it is integrated with Google’s products and services.
If you have a Google account, you already have 15 GB of free storage space in the Google Drive service, where you can save important images and files and access them from any device, and it is also integrated with the Google cloud applications suite.
These apps include Google Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Forms, and much more. These cloud apps not only allow you to create and edit documents, but they are also equipped with tools that allow you to collaborate with others in real time to get more tasks done.
These applications have now become a more flexible alternative to the Microsoft Office desktop software package, thanks to their many advantages, as they allow users to create, edit and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations within them, easily share them via the cloud without affecting the performance of their devices, and install more than one application.
In addition to all these features, Google Drive applications also support the ability to install various add-ons – similar to Google Chrome extensions – to facilitate your work and perform many additional tasks in a short time, and these add-ons are included in the (Add-ons) list in each application.
Here’s how to access and activate plugins inside Google Docs and Sheets:
- Open a document, or spreadsheet, view a presentation in Google Drive.
- In the menu bar, click on the Add-ons menu.
- From the drop-down menu, click on the option (Get Add-ons).
- Will move to (G Suite Marketplace) Is an online store for add-ons that work with various G Suite products; Such as: gmail, drive, documents, etc.
- A list of add-ons will appear, click on the extension you want to install, or you can type the name of the extension in the search bar that appears at the top of the window.
- Once you open the extension you want to install; Click on the Install option.
- You will be prompted for permission to start installing the extension; Click (Continue), then click the (Allow) option.
- Once you return to the Add-ons list, you will find the extension available, all you have to do is click on it to start using it.
How to manage the add-ons you’ve installed:
You can turn on or off the extensions you installed in Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides at any time. You can also delete an add-on from all files easily by following these steps:
- Open a document or spreadsheet in Google Drive.
- Click on the Add-ons menu in the menu bar.
- You will see all of your installed plugins, click the one you want to use, and it will appear in the document.
- To manage all the add-ons or delete one, click on the Manage Add-ons option.
- You will go to (G Suite Marketplace) and you will see all installed extensions.
- Click on the add-on that you want to delete, then click on the option (uninstall) Uninstall.