XLC Add-In for Excel

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Description - XLC software enhances MS Excel so that cell formulae can be displayed as mathematical equations and your worksheets read like textbooks.

To install XLC download and run XLC_Ribbon_setup.exe. XLC works with Windows versions of Excel - 2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016 (both 32 bit and 64 bit versions are supported). It does not work on any Mac, web or reduced versions of Excel. Any installation problems please browse to the installation directory (usually ‘C:\Program Files (x86)\XLC’) and open XLC.xlam directly. Also check that the XLC Add-In is activated Excel> File> Options> Add-Ins> Manage Excel Add-ins Go button. XLC.xlam must be in "Trusted Locations" Excel>Options>Trust Center then "Trust Center Settings ..." and select "Trusted Locations".

Users with older versions of Excel can install XLC Toolbar (Excel 2000 & 2003).

XLC Pro - No watermarks or hyperlinks.XLC Pro Mode & XLC Ed - If you use XLC for commercial purposes you need to pay for a paid XLC subscription. One subscription is required for each XLC user. Choose an XLC paid plan and no restrictions apply to XLC or the ExcelCalcs site whilst your subscription is active. You will be prompted to renew your subscription just before it expires. If you allow your paid XLC subscription to expire XLC continues to work but it reverts to a restricted trial mode (see below). How to configure XLC in the XLC Pro mode.

XLC Ed - Watermarks and hyperlinks to ExcelCalcs.comXLC Trial Mode - The following restrictions apply.

  • XLC is strictly for non-commercial use.
  • XLC renders some equations with a watermark stating "Non-commercial use."
  • XLC renders equations with a hyperlink to the ExcelCalcs site.
  • XLC disables the following button Delete XLC Functions“Delete XLC Functions”.
  • No Repository downloads.
We are very grateful to users who support us by choosing our XLC paid subscription plan. Your fees pay for software development, new repository calculations and site enhancement. 

 Note: XLC Ribbon version reading a file created in XLC Toolbar version: if a calculation was created in the toolbar version of XLC and is subsequently loaded up by the ribbon version of XLC it will throw up #NAME? errors. To rectify just press the [CTRL+SHIFT+J] keys simultaneously.


 "This standalone tool makes generation of equations directly from cell formulae’s in the smartest and fastest way." Freedownloadscentre Editor's review.

"With this add-in, you can finally turn those cryptic Excel formulas into recognizable mathematical equations." Vertex42 Five Star Review

"an addin that displays excel formulas symbolically for easy checking and for presentation. Displaying formulas is a real kick!" Eng-Tips Forum Five Star tip.

"I've had a play with it and it's great, it's driven me nuts for years having to do all my equations in equation editor and then update them when things change". Institute of Mechanical Engineers Forum Administrator

"The best thing about XLC is that equations are a really great check on the cell formula. It's easy to make a mistake with Excel formulas but its easy to see where you have gone wrong when you check against equations." Debbie_Williams.

"I have only been using it for a week or so but XLC is an answer to my prayers. I had been using the MS equation editor which took hours of my time and I often mistyped. Now I can generate equations directly from cell formulas instantaneously. Great idea. Thanks again and well done." Helen_Miller.

"I think I will be ditching MathCAD and using this instead. Then I can send my calculations to anyone, we all have Excel whereas only a few of us have MathCAD." Boffin.

"What a great plug-in I have been looking for something like this for years. Highly recommended!" jhardy.

If you still need convincing take a look at all comments from existing site users.

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#86 Heinzig 2019-02-25 18:09
Thanks John! Really appreciate the effort you've put into this forum. As a 1 man engineering office, I really appreciate high quality Excel based content you, Alex and others have contributed. Mark
#85 JohnDoyle[Admin] 2016-07-07 11:47
As stated in the description above "XLC works with Windows versions of Excel - 2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016 (both 32 bit and 64 bit versions are supported). It does not work on any Mac, web or reduced versions of Excel." I'm sorry currently we do not have any plans for a mac version.
#84 Klaassimon 2016-07-07 07:37

Is there an Apple version for this program? Exe files are not working on my Apple MacBook.

#83 peachsb 2016-01-24 04:09
Hey John. FYI I installed XLC on 2016 as well. I am using Windows 10 Pro. x64 and Office Pro. My ribbon would not load automatically. I went to the add-in opt-in box (under options, add-ins, Manage, etc.). I have several other add ins listed already, but XLC was not listed, so it could not be selected. As such the ribbon wasn?t loaded. After reinstalling a few times for good measure, from the opt-in box, I clicked on ?Browse? and browsed to the XLC.xlam file in the Program files (x86) off *root* drive ("C:\Program Files (x86)\XLC" for me). After doing so it appears to work fine, but I have only checked a few things.
#82 JohnDoyle[Admin] 2015-11-02 08:31
Installed XLC on Excel 2016 without a hitch. It is fully functional and working I am pleased to report. Remember to check that Excel>File>Options>Add-ins then look for 'Manage' and hit the GO button. XLC should be listed just make sure it is checked too.

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