DDXL FAQ

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Technical FAQs

Data Desk/XL is an Excel add-in created with Visual Basic. Microsoft has ceased support for Visual Basic in Excel 2008 on Macintosh, therefore Data Desk/XL will not work in Excel 2008 or Excel 2011. We are investigating a solution to this problem. Please check back for updates.

Data Desk/XL can be used with computers running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6.

On Windows, Excel 2010 and Excel 2013. On Macintosh, Excel X or Excel 2004. (DDXL does not work in Excel 2008 or Excel 2011 for Mac.) See our Data Desk/XL Requirements web page for more information.

Installing DDXL is a two-part process. First, obtain the correct version for your system. If you are using Windows, you will need to start the DDXL installer, which will automatically copy the necessary files to your hard disk. If you are using Mac OS X, you will need to open the disk image (.dmg file) and drag the DDXL folder to the appropriate location on your hard disk as instructed.

Once the files have been installed on your computer, complete the following steps in Excel:

Mac OS X Instructions:

DDXL works in Excel X and Excel 2004 on the Macintosh OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6. DDXL does not work in Excel 2008 or Excel 2011.

  1. Launch Microsoft Excel X or Excel 2004.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Add-Ins...
  3. Choose Select...
  4. Navigate to the file "DDXL Add-In.xll" and click OK. (The default location is /Applications/Microsoft Office/DDXL/DDXL Add-In.xll)
  5. Verify that there is a checkmark in front of the DDXL Add-In, click OK.
Windows Instructions:

For Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 only:

(Office365© currently has Excel 2013)

  1. Launch Microsoft Excel 2010, or 2013. Make certain a worksheet is open.
  2. Click 'File' tab, then 'Options'.
  3. *(In Excel 2010, 'Options' is located in the left navigation on the bottom just above 'Exit'.)
    **(In Excel 2013, 'Options' is located in the left navigation on the bottom.)

  4. Once the Options dialog is open, click 'Add-Ins' from the left side navigation.
  5. Select Manage -> Excel Add-Ins, then click the 'Go...' button. This opens a dialog of all Excel add-ins currently installed.
  6. Choose Browse...
  7. Navigate to the file "DDXL Add-In.xll" and click OK.
  8. ***(The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\DDXL\DDXL Add-In.xll for 64-bit machines and C:\Program Files\DDXL\DDXL Add-In.xll for 32-bit machines)

  9. Once DDXL has been added to the add-ins list, make sure the DDXL box is selected and click the OK button. You should see an Add-Ins tab in Excel with a DDXL menu.

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