How to Manually Install The Hero Tools Add-in

This page contains step-by-step instructions for manually installing The Hero Tools Add-in for Excel.

Please note that you should only use this method if the automatic installation process does NOT work for you.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video to learn how to manually install the Hero Tools Add-in.

Installation Instructions

Here are the steps to install The Hero Tools Add-in:

Note: The installation process has been simplified with Hero Tools, and is a bit different than the normal steps to install an add-in.

1. Download the Add-in File

First, download the Hero Tools add-in file. The file is an Excel file with a .xlam extension.

Do NOT open the file.

Then click the Show in folder to open your Downloads folder in File Explorer.

Here are images of what this process looks like in the Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers.

Download the Hero Tools Add-in file on Google Chrome and Show in folder
Download the Hero Tools Add-in file on Microsoft Edge

Keep the Downloads folder open.

Downloads Folder in File Explorer - Hero Tools Add-in

2. Unblock the Add-in File

Next, you must Unblock the file. This is a new security feature of Windows. The add-in will not appear in the Excel ribbon if you don't Unblock it first.

Right-click the “EC_Hero_Tools.xlam” file and select Properties.

Right-click and select Properties - Hero Tools Add-in

Check the Unblock checkbox and then press OK.

Unblock the Hero Tools Add-in File

3. Install the Add-in in Excel

Finally, you will copy the add-in file to your AddIns folder and enable it in Excel.

  1. Open Excel and go to the Developer tab. Click for instructions on how to enable the Developer tab if you don't see it.
  2. Click the Excel Add-ins button.
  3. Click the Browse button to open your AddIns folder.
Browse for File from the Excel Add-ins window - Hero Tools Installation

Open the File Explorer window with your Downloads folder that you opened in section 1.

Drag the EC_Hero_Tools.xlam file from your Downloads folder into the AddIns folder.

Click Open.

Move the Hero Tools xlam file to the AddIns Folder

You should see the Ec_Hero_Tools listed in the Add-ins window with the check box checked.

Click OK.

Ec_Hero_Tools Add-in Enabled

The Hero Tools tab will appear in the ribbon. It will appear every time you open Excel.

Hero Tools Tab in Excel Added After Installation

Need Help?

If you have any trouble with the installation process please post the issue in the community forum for Hero Tools. Please be as descriptive as possible with the issue you are experiencing. You can also post screenshots in the forum post.

Alternatively, you can reach us at [email protected].