Defining Anaplan Add-ins, Add-ons, and Extensions

Community Boss

We have simplified the terminology we use for Anaplan Add-ins and Add-ons. In order to provide complete clarity about these products, “extensions” now represents the product family for the individual Anaplan Add-ons and Add-ins. The blog below breaks down the new naming details and best practices.


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Individual product names

For individual products, we use the third-party's standard terminology:

  • Microsoft uses the word "Add-in". The official Anaplan product names are “Anaplan Add-in for Exceland “Anaplan Add-in for PowerPoint”.
  • Google uses the word "Add-on". The official Anaplan product name is “Anaplan Add-on for Google Sheets”*.

However, it is also acceptable to reference these products as their shorter, more commonly used names, such as Excel Add-in, PowerPoint Add-in (and bundling the two together as Office Add-ins), and Google Sheets Add-on.

New product family name

"Extensions" is our new product family that refers to all of the Add-ins/Add-ons listed above that extend the capabilities of our Anaplan platform. You can also use “extensions” to refer to all of your Anaplan Add-ins and Add-ons, or as individual extensions:

  • Anaplan Extension for Excel
  • Anaplan Extension for PowerPoint
  • Anaplan Extension for Google Sheets

What about plug-ins?

We do not refer to these products as plug-ins. Although the term is a valid, commonly used industry term, it is not used by any of the third-party products we work with.

What about third-party Add-ins/Add-ons?

This terminology is unclear, as it implies that the Add-ins/Add-ons are developed by third-parties, whereas Anaplan develops the extensions mentioned above.

What about Add-ons for third-party products?

Although this term is technically correct, "Add-on" contributes to the confusion between Add-in and Add-on, so we recommend using "extensions" instead. 

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  • We will be changing all our documentation to reflect the new branding
  • Learn more about the Anaplan extensions by visiting our one-stop-shop on Community

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Occasional Contributor

Hi Magali,

Thanks for sharing this update! I wanted to know if you have additional information on potential business use cases with the PowerPoint Add-in? Any resources you can direct me to would be super helpful. Thanks!

Community Boss

Hi Rohan,


Thank you for your message. You can find some examples on this page.

Occasional Contributor

Thanks for sharing this useful information.