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last updated at 2023-02-01
⚠️ Currently there is no installer available for Linux or MacOS. Please check out the alternatives.
💡 As a university trying to publish to the Excel add-in store we encountered some legal roadblocks. Hence the current installer is far from perfect. Please check out the Alternatives (noted below), if the installer does not work for your setup. This especially applies to standalone MS Excel versions (e.g. Excel 2019, Excel 2021, etc.), too.
Please note that we cannot guarantee compatibility of Swate with Excel versions that are not part of MS 365.
⚠️ If you have an older Swate version installed already, it might be necessary to clear the cache to apply the changes to Swate.
- Download the Windows Installer.
- Close all Office instances (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, ...)
- Unzip (
Right click ➞
- Double click the
install.cmd. You will be asked to give administrative permissions and in the end to allow changes to the registry. Allow both and you are good to go!
- Open Excel, go to
My Add-ins ➞
Shared Folder. There you should see both
Alternative | Using the previous Swate installer
Alternative | Using the release archive
⚠️ This method might not be accessible anymore.
Using the release archive
- Install node.js LTS (needed for office addin related tooling)
- Download the latest test release archive and extract it
- Execute the test.cmd (windows, as administrator) or test.sh (macOS, you will need to make it executable via chmod
Besides these technical solutions, DataPLANT supports you with community-engaged data stewardship. For further assistance, feel free to reach out via our
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