.XLL File Extension

There are 3 file types use the .XLL file extension:

  1. Microsoft Excel Add-In
  2. Excel Add-In File
  3. Microsoft Excel Add-In File

1. Microsoft Excel Add-In

Microsoft Excel Add-In

Contains extra functions, templates, or other tools that enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Excel; similar to a standard .DLL file (Dynamic Link Library), but is specifically written for MS Excel.

Software's name License Platforms
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel Commercial MacWindows

Updated: June 8, 2007

2. Excel Add-In File

Excel Add-In File

Contains extra functions, templates, or other tools that enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Excel; similar to a standard .DLL file (Dynamic Link Library), but is specifically written for MS Excel.

Software's name License Platforms
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel Commercial MacWindows

Updated: October 30, 2006

3. Microsoft Excel Add-In File

Microsoft Excel Add-In File

An XLL file is an add-in used by Microsoft Excel, a popular spreadsheet application. It contains extra functions, templates, or other tools that enhance the capabilities of Excel. Examples of add-ins include custom chart generators and template managers.

The XLL file type was introduced in 1996 with the release of Microsoft Excel 97. It is saved in the same format as the Dynamic Link Library (.DLL) file type but is renamed with the .xll file extension to indicate its association with Excel.

XLL files are similar to .XLA and .XLAM add-in files in that they both provide functionality that extends the capabilities of Excel. However, XLA and XLAM files are written in the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming language and XLL files are written in the C/C++ programming language. While Microsoft develops some add-ins, third-party software developers developed most of them.

XLL files are not meant to be directly opened. Instead, you can install an XLL file in Microsoft Excel to add capabilities to the application. To install an XLL file:

  1. Select File → Options → Add-Ins.
  2. In the Manage dropdown menu, select Excel Add-ins, then click Go.
  3. In the Add-Ins window, select Browse..., then choose the XLL file you would like to install.
Software's name License Platforms
Microsoft Excel Microsoft Excel Commercial MacWindows

Updated: December 25, 2020

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