10 cool add-ins for Office 2007 and 2010

As good as the Microsoft Office suite is, some features could be better. Luckily, there's no shortage of add-ins to help fill in the gaps.

Of course, not all add-ins live up to their promises. But the following Office add-ins definitely deliver. They'll help you work more efficiently, and some of them will help you do things you might not otherwise be able to do.

1: Everything

Although Office 2007 and 2010 have improved search capabilities, you still might want to take a look at Everything, by VoidTools. Everything isn't a traditional add-in. Rather, it's an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename. (It isn't limited to working with just Office.) You type in a search string, and Everything displays a list of matching files and folders. The response is almost instantaneous for normal systems. That's all it does, but it does it well. I don't even bother with the Office search tools anymore.


Note: This gallery is also available as an entry in our 10 Things blog and as a PDF download.


Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.