This is an archive related to a previous version of ArcGIS Maps for Office. If you need the current version go to http://doc.arcgis.com/en/maps-for-office/.
Esri Maps for Office works directly with the ArcGIS platform, allowing you to search for content within your organization and, if enabled by your administrator, search for public content published by the GIS community including Esri, local governments, and agencies around the world. Adding data from ArcGIS is a quick and easy way to add content to your map to complement your existing spreadsheet data. For example, you may have data showing proposed store locations and want to add a household income layer from ArcGIS for those areas to get a better understanding of the candidate site neighborhoods.
If your organization's administrator has restricted the ability to search for content outside of your organization, the search only returns results from your organization.
A layer containing the data is added to the map and is listed in the Contents pane.