How to upgrade and update XLTools Add-in for Excel

All XLTools licenses are lifetime and include 1 year of free updates and support. Once 1 year expires, free updates are discontinued. You can either keep using your version, or purchase an upgrade with a 60% discount.

We recommend that you always keep XLTools add-in up to date. The most recent version always has new and improved features and is 100% compatible with Excel and Windows updates.


How to check your XLTools version

  • Open Excel > XLTools tab > Click the ‘License’ button.
  • Or: Open Excel > XLTools tab > Click the ‘Help’ button > About.

Find the most recent version and release notes


How to update XLTools add-in

Once we release an update, XLTools will automatically prompt an update notification the next time you open Excel. We additionally inform users about major version upgrades by email.

Option 1: Install updates right away (recommended):

  1. Notification "Update available" pops up.
  2. Click OK > Wait for the notice "The add-in was successfully updated".
  3. Restart Excel for the changes to take effect.

Information about the new version will be reflected in XLTools > License.

Screenshot: click OK to update XLTools add-in

Option 2: Install updates later:

  1. Notification "Update available" pops up.
  2. Click ‘Later' > A button ‘Update available’ will appear on XLTools ribbon.
  3. Click the button when you are ready to install updates.

Option 3: Reinstall XLTools add-in:

To upgrade from some earlier versions to the most recent one, you may need to reinstall XLTools.

  1. Uninstall previous version:
    Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features > Select ‘XLTools Add-in for Microsoft Excel’ > Uninstall.
  2. Download the latest version > Follow the Installation Guide.
  3. Activate your license:
    Your license should activate automatically. Otherwise, please activate manually:
    XLTools tab > ‘License’ button > Paste your license key > Activate.
    See the detailed License Activation Guide.


How to upgrade XLTools with a 60% discount

Once 1 year from license purchase date expires, free updates are discontinued. As a longtime customer, you can get an upgrade at 60% OFF. Purchasing an upgrade includes 1 year of further updates and support since the purchase date.

  1. Choose any license and purchase with a 60% discount.
    Please contact us to get the discount.
  2. Update XLTools to the latest version.
  3. Activate your new license key:
    XLTools tab > ‘License’ button > Paste your license key > Activate.


How to get a Free Trial of a new version

When a new XLTools version with major changes is released, you can get a full-access Free Trial. This way you can test all features and decide on the most suitable license type.

Update XLTools to the latest version and contact us for a Free Trial key.

After the trial, it's your choice: whether to buy an upgrade with discount, or downgrade back to your older version.


If you are running XLTools Free Version

Starting February 20, 2016, XLTools Free Version is discontinued and is no longer available.

  • You can keep using the Free Version installed earlier. However, if you remove it for any reason, or install another XLTools version, it will not be possible to recover the Free Version.
  • If you want to get the latest XLTools version, you need to purchase a license.


How to downgrade to a previous version

If you decide against upgrading to the latest version, you can keep using your current version without installing updates.

To recover and go back to working with your previous version, please contact us. Provide your license/order information and we will send you the download link.

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