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PerfectXL Explore

Technical information PerfectXL Explore

This is the technical page for PerfectXL Explore. Here you find information, like system requirements, release notes, and answers to most questions about our software. If you have more questions please use the form at the bottom of the page.

  • Great support
  • Easy installation
  • Free updates

What we do

PerfectXL Explore is standalone software that you can download and install on your computer. This software can be used to analyze spreadsheets at different levels of granularity, from visual overviews of the model and external connections, down to specific cells, unique formulas, and VBA code. The tool helps gain a different perspective on an Excel model.

Requirements

Hardware
  • PerfectXL Explore currently only runs on windows PC’s, this is due to the fact that most intensive Excel users work on windows.
  • The Excel team is working on improving Excel for mac, but at this time the mac version of Excel simply doesn’t rival the functionality available in windows and that is why we develop all our software for windows specifically.
Supported file types
  • This tool supports all Excel files, also macro enabled files.
  • This tool does not support pictures, documents, pdf, csv, or other such files, excel files only
  • The tool does however analyze graphs, pictures, and other such object in an Excel file

Support

We have a great support team and are more than happy to answer any of your questions about our software, training, and services. Please note that we do not answer general Excel questions, our support team is dedicated to our products and services.

Download

To download the tool you will first need to purchase a license, once you have done that you will receive a download link in your email. If you have any questions about this product just contact our support team.

  • It’s fast & easy to use
  • Get detailed insights
  • Save frustration and time

Read more about exploring Excel files

On this page you will find a step-by-step walkthrough of the PerfectXL Explore Tool. This page will give you information on how you can use explore to gain a better understanding of complex Excel files.

In this video we’ll show you how to run a quick basic check of the input sources of your Excel files 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.

When we read a book or a report or a website, we read from top to bottom and from left to right. Keep this in mind when you create an Excel file. Try your best to follow that structure both within each worksheet and between them. We advise you to distinguish separate input & output sheets as well as sheets for calculations, documentation and dashboards.

Numbers without meaning are worthless. Excel is a program for numbers, but it is only useful if it is clear to the reader or user what these numbers mean. So, make sure that you provide textual information for all data and formulas, let’s call these pieces of text information labels.

Treat transferring a spreadsheet like you would treat the process of renting your house via Airbnb. Most people realize it will stay neater if you clean it first. Mess stimulates mess, and neatness stimulates neatness. Remember that in an average spreadsheet there will be 12 different users that have to use it after you! What do you think happens when this chain starts with a messy file?

Garbage in, garbage out. So pay serious attention to cleaning your input data as it is the foundation of your spreadsheet and if possible, do it in such a way that it becomes an automated process for the next time you use the same spreadsheet.

Understanding the workings of a spreadsheet is key to correctly interpreting its results. Spreadsheet visualization is an essential feature of PerfectXL Explore. It allows you to create a graphical model of the general flow of information, which also shows of risks, input & output and data & formula flows.

Curious to see what your spreadsheet’s all about? PerfectXL Explore gives you a great starting point. An overview of worksheets, input sources and potential risks are all part of our general spreadsheet characteristics section. It also gives you an insight into the amount of formulas used in your spreadsheet.

Be honest with yourself, how much time does it take you to spit through an Excel file? The opportunities in Excel are endless but this comes with a downside. PerfectXL has the solution. Starting now you can gain a better understanding of your spreadsheets, to help you in improving, documenting, and cleaning up your files. Here are 9 tasks that PerfectXL Explore makes easy.

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