Top 50 SharePoint Plug-Ins and Web Parts For 2013 and Office 365

SharePoint allows quick collaboration for businesses and individuals. But with the right plug-ins / apps / extensions, SharePoint becomes an even more powerful tool.

Note that here we use plug-ins, apps, extensions, add-ins, web parts interchangeably since Microsoft keeps changing what they call them.

We at PortalFront want your SharePoint experience to be the best that it can be. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best plug-ins to supercharge your productivity and simplify your SharePoint experience. Those add-ins are ranked in random order. They reflect what is popular with good reviews.

Tru Copy/Paste

Tru Copy/Paste ensures your files move correctly in, out and around your SharePoint instance. With “out of the box” SharePoint implementations, the best option to move files is to Open in Explorer view. Depending on OS and browser version, the feature can be buggy and is sometimes not supported.

With Tru Copy/Paste, users can easily and reliably copy and move files between folders in any browser on any OS.

  1. SPARK Forms Builder for Office 365

SPARK Forms gives you a library of pre-built forms or the option to begin with a blank canvas. You can create simple forms or deploy complex form types using JavaScript, jQuery or CSS. 

Features at a Glance:

  • Integrates automatically with SPARK forms, self-deployed forms and forms built by other design suites.
  • Templates configured for use on desktops, smartphones and tablets.
  • Forms compatible with IE, Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
  • Forms and submitted form data fully searchable in SharePoint.

2. PDF Share Forms Cloud

PDF Share Forms Cloud allows you to build and deploy PDF forms. You can view, populate and submit the PDF forms right from SharePoint with no additional formatting or opening in an outside app.

Features at a Glance:

  • Leverages PDF natively.
  • PDF forms retain the same look and feel in any browser or OS.
  • Non-PDF forms also supported.

3. Quick Poll by Microsoft Forms

When you need something simple enough for any of your users to design and deploy quickly, Quick Poll is a great option. Usable by any Outlook user, Quick Poll sends real time polls in the body of an email and allows recipients to vote directly from the email. Results are accessible through SharePoint.

Features at a Glance:

  • Easy to deploy surveys for any level of user.
  • Leverages SharePoint to keep results.
  • Voting via email makes the forms super user friendly.

4. Knowledge Management

This content collaboration tool helps teams capture key information in an easily sortable knowledge base. It gives administrators intelligent tools to approve and manage contributions from users and allows the knowledge base to be updated quickly and intelligently.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customized user permissions for viewing and editing documents and libraries.
  • Auto reply emails keep users notified of key changes.
  • Ability to set expiry date for assets and articles.

5. iDynamics Incident Management

iDynamics Incident Management centralizes your vendor or customer incidents and allows you to manage, track and update through SharePoint. Dynamic workflow designs allow you to route incidents to the proper groups and learn from the data to avoid repeating the same root causes again and again.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customizable for every part of your business, from Sales to Warehousing.
  • Increases productivity by giving employees the information they need when they need it.
  • Tracks and categorizes incidents and related information.

6. ConvergePoint Policy and Process Management 365

ConvergePoint Policy and Process Management 365 give you control of the entire lifecycle of your policy and process documents. From creation through review, approval and distribution, this plug-in ensures the right employees have access to the policy and process to keep them on the right track right through SharePoint.

Features at a Glance:

  • Integrates creation, approval and distribution into SharePoint.
  • Employee training modules can be tied to policies.
  • Real time tracking of employee acknowledgement.

7. Ship-To Address Management

From Konica Minolta IT Solutions, Ship-To Address Management simplifies things when your customers have multiple ship-to addresses. The plug-in allows you to specify different addresses for different functions and manages when to use each addresses.

Key Features:

  • Single and Multiple address management.
  • Customizable rules for choosing the correct ship-to address.
  • Centralizes address storage to minimize errors.

8. Nintex Workflow for Office 365

NinTex Workflow for Office 365 allows you to empower your entire organization to transform business processes. Best of all - it uses clicks, not code. This powerful plug-in can automate workflows in a drag-and-drop interface.

Features at a Glance:

  • Scans social media for actionable information.
  • Gathers and publishes from third-party platforms.
  • Manages claims from expenses to leave requests.

10. Kanban Board by Virto

Virto SharePoint Kanban Board for Office 365 moves your scrum board to SharePoint. It transforms your SharePoint task list into Kanban cards that you can manipulate as your project progresses.

Features at a Glance:

  • Visual project management within SharePoint.
  • Less time spent on organization.
  • Customizable Kaban card design and function.

11. SharePoint ShortURL

This SharePoint add-in makes sharing content within your SharePoint site simpler by adding secure shortened link capability. This tool integrates fully and does not send users out of your SharePoint environment and back like non-SharePoint URL shorteners would. The plug-in also supports QR codes and other social sharing.

Features at a Glance:

  • ShortURL statistics allow engagement tracking.
  • Date expiry for short-lived links.
  • Easy to deploy with no training for users.

12. Timesheet Plus

Simplify and consolidate your organization's timesheets with this plug-in. TimeSheet Plus allows streamlined time entry and approval. Plus, the reporting features allow review inside the app or via export to CSV.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customizable date ranges and fields.
  • Automatic email notifications of approvals and rejections
  • Easy user permissioning for employee, admin and manager.

13. DocuSign for SharePoint Online

Securely transmit, sign and store documents directly from SharePoint. With DocuSign for SharePoint online, you get the most trusted digital signing option in the world directly in your SharePoint instance. If you’re already using DocuSign, this plug-in is a no-brainer.

Features at a Glance:

  • Send any document directly from the ribbon bar in SharePoint.
  • Electronically sign any SharePoint document.
  • Centralize storage of signed documents and templates.

14. JungleMail Newsletter Tool

Whether you’re publishing an internal employee newsletter or sending to your sales pipeline, JungleMail makes newsletter creation and publishing native to SharePoint. This plug-in is built to leverage the power of SharePoint with familiar Office365 tools and powerful publishing features.

Features at a Glance:

  • Personalize emails directly from SharePoint.
  • Automate newsletter creation with dynamic blocks.
  • Get insights into engagement direct from SharePoint.

15. Metro Tiles

Metro Tiles allows you to customize tiles to keep your SharePoint users engaged and informed. The Tile Manager lets you keep a central library of tiles to deploy on a schedule you choose.

Features at a Glance:

  • Keeps your landing page dynamic and engaging.
  • Easy management of tiles directly from SharePoint.
  • Ability to create a navigation menu.

16. Calendar Overlay by Virto

This intuitive plug-in allows you to overlay calendars from Exchange, Outlook and outside sources into a single SharePoint calendar. You can combine events from shared and private calendars to make a custom calendar for any user group.

Features at a Glance:

  • Categorize events and filter based on category.
  • Individual, group and resource calendars integrate seamlessly.
  • Single-click event management.

17. SMS for Office

If you have an SMS gateway configured, SMS for Office allows you to send text messages to groups directly from SharePoint. The plug-in autoconfigures for Zero/Zilch SMS gateways and is usable immediately.

Features at a Glance:

  • Integrate text messages into workflows.
  • Send SMS via list item entries in SharePoint.
  • Easy click-to-choose recipient selection.

18. Spotlight Announcements Slider

When you need everyone to know about a product release, a company achievement or that it’s your birthday, Spotlight Announcements Slider provides an easy way to make the announcement via SharePoint. This plug-in allows you to quickly customize the look and feel of your announcement to make it as professional - or as festive - as the occasion calls for.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customize dates announcements display.
  • Slider scrolls through multiple announcements.
  • Create and store templates for recurring events.

19. Multiple RSS Viewer

Use internal or external RSS feeds to create constantly updating custom pages for your SharePoint users. This plug-in is ideal if you are already using RSS to push content to your users and need a quick, user-friendly interface.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customize RSS fields displayed.
  • Responsive and sleek UI.
  • Themes are customizable by the user.

20. Gantt Chart by Virto

If you think in projects and dream in Gantt Charts, this SharePoint plug-in might be for you. This tool allows a SharePoint user to compile all tasks and sub tasks in a single view. Size, color, timeframe and assignment are easily customized with this powerful plug-in.

Features at a Glance:

  • Leverage Gantt charts more simply than with Microsoft Project.
  • Editing milestones visually.
  • Use SharePoint lists as data sources.

21. GScan

GScan puts document capture, OCR text conversion and document storage right into SharePoint. The OCR text recognition and conversion recognizes 190 languages. This plug-in has won multiple Best Mobile App awards from the European SharePoint Community Awards.

Key Features:

  • Automatically rotates, crops and adjusts contrast on uploaded images.
  • Reduces file size up to 100x.
  • Click to Index allows users to automatically extract information.

22. Word to Wiki Online

While SharePoint’s wiki is a powerful tool, it is often neglected due to the difficulty of converting information into the SharePoint wiki format. Word to Wiki solves this problem by converting Word documents into SharePoint wiki pages with a click.

Features at a Glance:

  • Multiple document processing.
  • Breaks into wiki sections automatically.
  • Automated publishing.

23. Saketa Employee Onboarding

Bringing new hires on quickly and consistently is a challenge whether you’re hiring one new person or 100 people a week. Saketa Employee Onboarding allows you to manage your onboarding process from SharePoint and deliver a great experience to your employees and great results to your business.

Features at a Glance:

  • Assignable New Hire tasks and training with reminders.
  • Integrated dashboard to monitor progress.
  • Integrates with SharePoint libraries.

24. Collabion Charts

Build insightful charts with fewer than five clicks. Collabion Charts brings a library of 2D and 3D charts into your SharePoint environment. Infinitely customizable and supremely easy to use, you’ll get better results when you present information visually.

Features at a Glance:

  • Simple connection to SharePoint lists.
  • Multi-level drill down allows you to summarize data, then view more specifics as you drill down.
  • Quick library of custom themes.

25. Bulk Edit

When a new dependency hits multiple projects, you waste a lot of time updating each Project file. But with Bulk Edit, you can choose all affected files and update them all at the same time.

Features at a Glance:

  • Cut and Paste values.
  • Excel-style filtering and sorting.
  • AJAX/JSOM driven for quick updating of up to hundreds of projects at once.

26. Elastic Intranet

SharePoint is customizable, but when you need an easy-to-navigate internal Intranet … that will take some work. Elastic Intranet simplifies the process by providing easy to use tools for quick creation of perfect pages. Whether you need location maps, resource reservations, knowledge bases or any other internal tools, use Elastic Intranet to build them on your SharePoint architecture.

Features at a Glance:

  • Content management tools for multiple page and library types.
  • Customizable user groups and notifications.
  • Dynamic knowledge base creation.

27. MeetingSquared

What if there was an easy way to create interactive, streamlined agendas to make meetings go right? MeetingSquared brings this function to your SharePoint deployment. Fully integrated with Office365, MeetingSquared helps you keep meetings on track.

Features at a Glance:

  • Intuitive design to create agendas and add users.
  • Laptop, tablet and smartphone app integration.
  • Agenda updates publish automatically.

28. Staff Directory

Staff Directory is a plug-in that brings all your staff information into an easily viewable, searchable and organizable SharePoint view. Custom search and sort features make this tool more powerful than the native Outlook directory.

Features at a Glance:

  • jQuery DataTables plugin customizes search and sort.
  • Direct link to SharePoint user profiles.
  • Customizable look and feel.

29. Support+ Help On-Demand

This plug-in adds dozens of end user guides and walkthroughs to your SharePoint instance. It’s the fastest way to roll out excellent user tools for your organization without starting from scratch, using multiple platforms or resorting to telling users to “just Google it.”

Features at a Glance:

  • Pre-built document libraries.
  • Step by step guides and computer based training for essential business software.
  • Constant content updates flow in automatically.

30. Expense Approval System

Tracking, submitting, approving and paying employee expenses is a huge time commitment. But the Expense Approval System plug-in brings the process into SharePoint and automates every aspect. With visibility and control features, you’ll never wonder about the status of expenses.

Features at a Glance:

  • Advanced reporting by department and expense type.
  • Email notifications of requests and approvals.
  • Multiple currencies supported.

31. Recognize - Social Employee Recognition

You use SharePoint for everything - why not include employee recognition? Recognize makes employee recognition easy. From stickers and badges to real-world rewards like a day off or a gift card, Recognize makes it easy to give employees the thanks they deserve.

Features at a Glance:

  • Peer to peer and top-down recognition.
  • SharePoint leaderboards for reporting.
  • Customizable views and rewards.

32. Sakea Idea Board

A quick way to share ideas across your organization, the Saketa Idea Board plug-in makes it simple for everyone to share ideas. Searchable, intuitive and ready for instant feedback via peer promotion, this SharePoint add on will bring out the best ideas in your organization.

Features at a Glance:

  • Like, Dislike Comment and Share.
  • Tagging for search.
  • Workflow driven email notifications and recognition.

33. News Ticker

Getting relevant company news to the right people at the right time can be a challenge. Emails go unread or get lost and bulletin boards get ignored. Enter the News Ticker plug-in for SharePoint. News Ticker allows you to publish easily accessible content direct to SharePoint.

Features at a Glance:

  • Integrated Mobile app with alerts.
  • Multiple publishing formats: Blog, newsletter, etc.
  • Customizable display format and duration.

34. Photo Editor by Studio Synapse

Photo Editor is a plug-in that allows you to do quick photo edits right from your SharePoint window. Cropping, resizing or applying a filter is now quicker than ever and doesn’t require opening a standalone program.

Features at a Glance:

  • Add text or stickers to an image.
  • Works from any browser.
  • Filters, cropping and layer-based editing.

35. Create QR Code

SharePoint is a powerful document library, but can be hard to navigate from your phone sometimes. The Create QR Code plug-in allows you to create public or private QR codes that immediately navigate to the right content for mobile users.

Features at a Glance:

  • Create public QR codes to navigate to a resource.
  • Self-service QR code creation allows users to quickly download to a mobile device.

36. Birthday Reminder

Sometimes the simple things are the most important - even at work. The Birthday Reminder plug-in allows you to see the most important day of your colleagues’ year from SharePoint and send them birthday greetings.

Features at a Glance:

  • Searchable by date or name.
  • Sends e-Greetings from SharePoint.
  • Customizable reminders.

37. Budget Workflow

Spending on capital expenditures (CAPEX) can be a confusing process. The Budget Workflow plug-in allows you to manage the process more easily from SharePoint. Quotes, approvals and thresholds are quickly assignable and viewable.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customizable approval thresholds.
  • Email reminders around workflows.
  • Quoting included in the standard workflow options.

38. Site Documents Report

Some SharePoint plug-ins are really as simple as they sound. Site Documents Report allows you to generate reports of all documents uploaded to your SharePoint deployment. You can customize the search by date and author/uploader.

Features at a Glance:

  • One source for upload reports without navigating to multiple pages.
  • Searchable by date.
  • Searchable by author/uploader.

39. In-Browser File Editor

One of the best features of SharePoint is the ability to edit Office documents right from your browser. In-Browser File editor extends that functionality to CSS, HTML and JavaScript files. Documents are formatted for easy reading and editing.

Features at a Glance:

  • Allows browser editing of CSS, HTML and JavaScript files.
  • Saves developer time by eliminating the need to open files in a standalone program.
  • Syntax highlighting can be implemented for an easier editing experience.

40. BlackCompass Vizualizer for SharePoint

A picture is worth a thousand words - and some pictures are worth dollars to your bottom line. BlackCompass Vizualizer makes it easy to create visual representations of your information right from SharePoint. Charts, information clouds and dashboards are a snap.

Features at a Glance:

  • Visual library makes presenting information easy.
  • Charts, graphs and Business Intelligence logic.
  • Intuitive interface.

41. SharePoint|sapiens Event Management

Event management is a step up from scheduling a meeting in terms of complexity. Notifying participants, managing registrations and tracking the progress of key items can be time consuming. SharePoint|sapiens Event Management is a plug-in that provides simple and powerful tools for creating your event.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customizable registration, self-registration and wait lists.
  • Simple enrollment links and email communication.
  • Intuitive tracking of scheduling and enrollment.

42. CheckOut Manager

As amazing as SharePoint is, we’ve all had the frustration of needing a document someone forgot to check in. With the CheckOut Manager plug-in, you’ll be able to get SharePoint resources when you need them.

Features at a Glance:

  • Single dashboard to view all checked out resources.
  • Customizable automatic notifications to users needing to check in documents.
  • Auto check-in feature assigns a maximum checkout time period per library.

43. Anonymous Contact Form

This SharePoint plug-in allows users to send feedback anonymously. Honest feedback with no fear of retaliation can be hard to achieve in SharePoint environments because user’s names are attached to almost every action. Anonymous Contact Form provides this function.

Features at a Glance:

  • Customizable appearance.
  • Web Part add in can be added to any page.
  • Feedback delivered via anonymous email from SharePoint.

44. Corporate Templates by Templafy

SharePoint templates can bring consistency to your communication. The Corporate Templates plug-in provides a robust and customizable templates library to make sure you’re always putting your best foot forward.

Features at a Glance:

  • Office Templates direct from SharePoint.
  • Customizable, branded templates.
  • Internal and customer-facing templates.

45. Infowise Voting Column

This SharePoint plug-in allows you to add voting to any list or document library. From any view, your users will be able to vote directly, leave comments or start discussions.

Features at a Glance:

  • Single or multiple voting options.
  • Link comments to items or documents.
  • Vote from any view.

46. CSV Importer

CSV Importer adds a button to the SharePoint ribbon that allows users to import CSV data into existing lists. This plug-in is extremely useful for adding data from external sources directly to your SharePoint where your users can collaborate on it.

Features at a Glance:

  • Works in all browsers.
  • Easily import CSV data to SharePoint lists.

47. KWizCom Print

This SharePoint plug-in allows you to print to PDF directly from SharePoint. Without KWixCom, the ability to print to PDF requires opening a document in a standalone app.

Features at a Glance:

  • Integrates with a helper program to print to PDF in one click from SharePoint.
  • Eliminates the need to open a document in a standalone program.
  • Quickly converts SharePoint documents to PDF.

48. HBP Leave Request

The HBP Leave Request plug-in brings your vacation, sick time and other leave management directly to your SharePoint deployment. You’ll get a quick and easy approval process and a dashboard view that makes leave management a breeze.

Features at a Glance:

  • Employees can generate leave requests from SharePoint.
  • Integrated calendars allow for easy publication of scheduled holidays.
  • Team leave calendar provides easy, single-pane management.

49. AvePoint Watermark

The AvePoint Watermark plug-in makes sending documents outside your organization a bit more secure. This SharePoint App exports to a watermarked PDF that can be shared through a secure container Web Part.

Features at a Glance:

  • Custom watermarks that identify the original recipient.
  • Audit capability to deter breaches.
  • Secure Web Part available for sharing without download.

50. FileTrooper

The FileTrooper plug-in puts document library browsing on steroids. With FileTrooper installed to your SharePoint instance, you’ll be able to search and sort your files like a pro. This plug-in works from any browser.

Features at a Glance:

  • View multiple libraries on one page.
  • Integrated search across libraries and sites.
  • Supports SharePoint list view.