Since 1998, PERRLA has seen a number of updates and variations. Well, the day has come for PERRLA to take another huge step forward with our latest PERRLA Add-in for Microsoft Word.
Let's look at the four major changes in this version of PERRLA.
You’ll need Microsoft Word 2016 or newer to run the new Add-in. If you’re using an older version of Word, you can either keep using PERRLA for Word or you can use PERRLA Online.
1. There isn't a startup application
PERRLA no longer has its own start-up application. Instead, the new PERRLA is a Microsoft Word Add-in that you install directly inside of Microsoft Word’s Add-in store.
Here’s how you’ll do that.
- Open a Microsoft Word document
- Go to the Insert tab.
- Click Get Add-ins.
- Search for PERRLA.
- Click Add beside the PERRLA Add-in.
And that’s it! PERRLA will be added to Microsoft Word with its very own ribbon tab.
In this version of PERRLA, if you want to start a new paper, instead of opening the PERRLA application, you’ll start new papers from the PERRLA ribbon tab inside a Word document. You’ll just select the New Paper icon and then select the kind of paper you need.
2. PERRLA doesn't manage your paper files
In previous versions of PERRLA, it would save and manage your Word files inside the My PERRLA Papers folder. That was great, but it also limited how you could organize your papers and class files.
Since the new PERRLA Add-in lives inside of Word (and doesn’t have a separate application), you can save and organize all of your papers wherever you want – just like you do with normal Word documents.
That means you can manage all of your papers however you'd like. You don't have to worry about saving them in a particular folder, losing them, or having to use a PERRLA application to start working on them. Just open them directly or with Word.
Side-note: if you move your paper to another computer, you can still use PERRLA with it. You’ll just need to add the PERRLA Add-in to Word on that other computer.
3. Everything happens in the PERRLA ribbon tab or the PERRLA side panel
Unlike the current version of PERRLA – which runs side-by-side with Microsoft Word – the new PERRLA Add-in runs directly inside of Word. There’s a ribbon tab across the top where you can open the various panels. And then there’s a panel along the side where you can dive deeper.
Just like the current PERRLA for Word, you can adjust this side panel to be larger, smaller, or even detach it from Word to put onto a second display.
With these three major changes, we think that the new PERRLA Add-in is the best version of PERRLA yet.
You can find articles on how to use all PERRLA’s updated features in our Help Center at perrla.com or you can just open up Help from inside the new Add-in.