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Outlook: Add-Ins

Microsoft has partnered with leading companies to build programs that help you get things done right from your inbox. These programs are called Office Add-ins. Depending on the Add-ins (Apps) you have installed/enabled, a suggested action may be triggered by the context of your email message. 

Two default Add-ins are Bing Maps and Action Items.

a screenshot of an outlook mail item with Bing Maps and Action Items add-ins highlighted 

If an address is detected, click Bing Maps to expand a list of suggested map searches.

a screenshot of an outlook mail with Bing Maps having identified an address 

Click the address to expand an interactive view of the map.

a screenshot of the Bing Map 

If an action is detected, click Action Items to expand a suggested Follow Up task.

To add a new task, click the Follow Up flag at the bottom of the expanded window.

a screenshot of the Action Items drop down menu 

When the action is finished, click Mark Complete.

a screenshot of the Mark Complete button 

To Install/Enable or Delete/Disable apps, click File > Manage Add-ins

a screenshot of the Manage Add-Ins button 

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