Publish task pane and content add-in to an add-in catalog on SharePoint

Office Add-ins

Publish task pane and content apps to an apps for Office catalog on SharePoint.

Last modified: June 19, 2015

Applies to: Access apps for SharePoint | apps for Office | Excel | Office Add-ins | PowerPoint | Project | Word

Learn more about supported hosts and other requirements.

Note Note

The name "apps for Office" is changing to "Office Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some Office host applications and Visual Studio tools might still use the term "apps for Office". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

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To publish to an app catalog
To find the app catalog
Additional resources

Use the following steps to upload the manifest for your task pane or content app to an apps for Office catalog on SharePoint. To set up an app catalog, see Set up an add-in catalog on SharePoint.

  1. Browse to the app catalog.

  2. Choose the Click to add new item link.

  3. Choose Browse, and then specify the manifest to upload.

After you upload app manifests to the apps for Office catalog, users can manually configure their installations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Project using File > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Trusted App Catalogs to specify the URL of the parent SharePoint site collection of this app catalog. For example, if the URL of the apps for Office catalog is in this form:

https:// domain /sites/ AppCatalogSiteCollection /AgaveCatalog

…users should specify just the URL of the parent site collection, like this:

https:// domain /sites/ AppCatalogSiteCollection

After specifying the app catalog URL, you must close and reopen the Office application before the app catalog will be available in the Apps for Office dialog box.

Alternatively, an administrator can specify an app for Office catalog on SharePoint by using group policy as described in Using Group Policy to manage how users can install and use apps for Office in Overview of apps for Office 2013 on TechNet.

Content and task pane apps in this catalog are now available from the Apps for Office dialog box. To access them, choose Apps for Office on the Insert tab, and then choose MY ORGANIZATION, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Apps for Office dialog box

Insert App for Office dialog box

If an app catalog is already set up for a SharePoint web application, you can find it by using the following steps:

  1. Open the SharePoint Central Administration main page.

  2. Select Apps

  3. Select Manage App Catalog.

  4. Choose the link provided, and then choose Apps for Office on the left navigation bar.

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