What is an Add-in – Add-on – Plug-in


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Whats is an Add-in Add-on Plug-in (with Images)

Introduction to what is an Add-in, Add-on or Plug-in and their usages.

What is an Add-in:

These are additional programs that a user can install separately to enrich the capabilities of a larger software program which is already installed.

Why is Add-ins are important:

The importance of an add-in can be explained as simple as people opting for a power steering or a power window when they are buying a car. A car can be driven even without a power steering or a power window but these additional features will enrich the performance of the car or make your driving more comfortable. Add-ins are something that provides additional features.

An add-in can not work by its own it goes along with a larger software program. There is no point in thinking about a power steering when a car itself is not there. 😛

Add-ins are sometimes referred as add-on or plug-in.

ASAP Utilities is one of the highly recommended add-in for Microsoft Excel.


Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat is a commonly used plug-ins in web browsers.

Anson Antony

Anson Antony

Anson is a contributing author and founder at ASKEYGEEK.com. Learning anything new has always been his passion, ASKEYGEEK.com is an outcome of his passion for technology and business. He has got a decade of versatile experience in Business Process Outsourcing, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Operational Excellence & Business Intelligence. During the tenure, he had worked for organizations like Genpact, Hewlett Packard, M*Modal and Capgemini in various roles and responsibilities. Outside business and technology, he is a movie buff who spends hours together watching and learning Cinema and a Film Maker too!

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