Introduction to PerfectXL
A brief introduction to our tool and its basics: the spreadsheet homepage, the basic overviews and how to upload your first spreadsheet. Learn how to navigate between the different functionalities of PerfectXL and what they do for you.
To use PerfectXL, open the webtool in a browser and log in to your account. The Portfolio is the first page you see after logging in. Drag and drop a spreadsheet from your computer into you portfolio, or choose a file via Upload.
Note: PerfectXL works best in Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge.
After a spreadsheet has been uploaded to PerfectXL, the analysis will start immediately. This takes anywhere between a few seconds and a few minutes. When ready, click the spreadsheet to view the analysis.
The spreadsheet homepage displays a global overview of your spreadsheet.
Use the options Visualization, Characteristics, Risks & Improve, Formula Breakdown, Constants, Reports and Compare to navigate between the functions of PerfectXL. These tabs show you everything you need to know about the analyzed spreadsheet.
Use the My Portfolio button to go back to the overview of all your spreadsheets.
The landing page of a spreadsheet analysis. Here you will find several key characteristics of your spreadsheet.
Learn to understand the structure of a spreadsheet through a visualization. Various visualization types bring to light the structure, dependencies and riskiness of the worksheets in your spreadsheet.
Insight into the key attributes of your spreadsheet, such as the number of non-empty cells per worksheet and a list with external sources.
4. Risks & Suggestions
PerfectXL analyzes your spreadsheet for 29 kinds of risk. The Risk & Suggestions section of the tool provides both a summary as well as a detailed list of all the risks, including suggestions for improvement.
5. Formula Breakdown
Long, complex formulas are often hard to follow. Where does its input come from? What are the risks? The Formula Breakdown starts with an overview of all formulas: for each formula you can trace the origins and discover exactly how your formula works.
Which input numbers are used in your spreadsheet? This section provides a list of all cells that contain numbers and which are being referred to from other cells.
A summary or extended PDF-report is directly available from PerfectXL. You can also report back to Excel, where you download a copy of the original spreadsheet with extra sheets that contain valuable information, such as risks, formulas, constants or copies of existing sheets with special colouring.
Compare your spreadsheet with another spreadsheet from your portfolio on complexity and risk indicators.
Watch our Video Tutorials
In the video’s below, several features and possibilities of PerfectXL are described and demonstrated thoroughly. In time we will add more video tutorials.
Tracing Problems in Calculations
When spreadsheets contain inconsistencies or suspected miscalculations, it takes great effort to find the problem manually. In this video we’ll show you how to use PerfectXL’s Formula Breakdown feature to locate and fix the problems in spreadsheet calculations within a matter of minutes.Learn how to trace problems in spreadsheet calculations
How to Check Your Input Sources in Excel
In this video we’ll show you how to run a quick basic check of the input sources of your spreadsheet and how to determine if there is any unknown input. We’ll also show you a powerful way to visualize your spreadsheet’s information flow to help determine the function and dependability of each worksheet.Learn how to check your input sources in Excel
How to Quickly Validate your Spreadsheet
88% of spreadsheets contain hidden issues. These issues can be a serious risk to the outcome of your spreadsheet. This video shows you how PerfectXL helps you to quickly validate your spreadsheet on 29 types of risk, without having to check every cell manually.Learn how to validate your spreadsheet