Free Google Add-ons for Google Docs and Google Sheets

These Google Drive add-ons are a must have for efficiency and ease of use

Screenshot of some of the available Google Docs Add-ons.

Writers and communicators exert a lot of effort to convey a story or message. If you use the free, online Google Docs program or the business Google G Suite, here's how add-ons can make the process that much simpler.

Add-ons are tools you can add into a Google Apps program's toolbar, as opposed to a template, which is just a premade document. You may have heard these called add-ins, third-party apps, or extensions. Each office software suite has their own terminology.

Most users will be able to simply login to Google Docs through their Google Drive or Gmail sign-in.

In Google Drive, you can add apps to Google Docs, Google Sheets, or other Google apps simply. Just select Settings > Manage Apps > Connect more apps. To add apps from within Docs, Sheets, or other apps, click the Add-ons tab in the top toolbar and then select Get add-ons.

A lot of free add-ons are available, but communication professionals are busy and there are tons of apps to cull through. We've highlighted those we considered most useful in an effort to save you some time.

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Table of Contents Add On for Google Docs

Table of Contents Add On for Google Docs

To hit the ground running on your next manuscript, check out the free Table of Contents Add On for Google G Suite or Docs, courtesy of LumApps.

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ProWritingAid Add-On for Google Docs

ProWritingAid Add-On for Google Docs

If you write or edit with Google Apps, consider the free ProWritingAid Add-On for Google G Suite or Docs. It installs a sidebar with specific authoring and editing tools you may be interested in.

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Consistency Checker Add-On for Google Docs

Consistency Checker Add-On for Google Docs

Here's another tool for writers to check their draft right from within Google Apps: the Consistency Checker Add-On for Google G Suite or Docs, thanks to www.intelligentediting.com.

 

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Business Hangouts Document Collaboration Add On for Google Docs

Business Hangouts Document Collaboration Add On for Google Docs

Do you have an online, virtual writers group that collaborates through Google G Suite or Docs? Or, might your group be interested in checking out Google Docs as a free option for collaborating online?

Many writers are part of online editing or writing communities. It can save time traveling to a central, physical meeting space, or collaborators may be too far from one another to even consider getting together in person.

Since editing in real-time among several collaborators is one of the best features of Google Docs, you may also want a way to bring in audio and video. Check out this Business Hangouts Document Collaboration Add On for Google G Suite or Docs, courtesy of www.business-hangouts.com, which can work with multiple windows and more.

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Analytics Canvas Add On for Google Sheets

Analytics Canvas Add On for Google Sheets

Marketing and social media is a prime concern for most writers. Keep tabs on everything from right within Google Apps, using this Analytics Canvas Add On for Google G Suite or Sheets. 

This is just one analytics add-on you'll find for Google Apps. This one offers a clean interface as well as user support.

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ProjectSheet Add On for Google Sheets

ProjectSheet Add-on for Google Sheets

Most authors or other writers are managing multiple projects at one time, either as an individual or part of a group.

For better project management, this ProjectSheet Add On for Google G Suite or Sheets offers the ability to create both a Work Breakdown Structure (a bird's-eye view that can show summary tasks, for example) and a Gantt chart (a visual representation of staggered deadlines, for example). Your projects charts can also utilize budgeting and project tracking.

This add-on is available thanks to Forscale.com.

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Rhyme Finder Add On for Google Docs

Rhyme Finder Add On for Google Docs

Finally, what poet doesn't need a specialty side bar in Google Apps prompting them with a few rhymes? Check out the free Rhyme Finder Add-On for Google G Suite or Docs.

For more Google Docs tools and tutorials, check out this site's main Google Apps page