UPDATE: Unfortunately, the workaround in my original post no longer seems to works. Salesforce.com no longer supports Connect for Office – Excel.

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Original Post

When I made the switch from Excel 2007 to Excel 2010, I noticed that “Connect for Office” add-on designed by Salesforce.com was no longer working. I had a lot of Excel based reports that used this tool and I was no longer able to refresh the Salesforce tables that supported my reports. Below is an easy, five-minute work around for to Install Salesforce Connect for Office in Excel 2010, 32 bit with Windows 7 32 or 64 bit. Unfortunately, 64 bit Excel does not work.


Step 1. Download the Files

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Step 2. Unzip the files and Install the file name ‘SForce Office Toolkit.MSI’


Step 3. Show Hidden Folders

  • Right-click the Windows Logo button and choose Open Windows Explorer.
  • Click Organize and choose Folder and Search Options.
  • Click the View tab, select Show hidden files and folders and then clear the checkbox for Hide protected system operating files.
  • Click Yes on the warning and then click OK.


Step 4. Move the two Excel add-in files (‘SFDC.xla’ & ‘SFDC12.xlam’) into the following directory

C: Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\AddIns

*UserName will be your name on your your computer


Step 5. Activate the Excel add-in files

  • Click the File tab, click Options, and then click the Add-Ins category.
  • In the Manage box, click Excel Add-ins, and then click Go. The Add-Ins dialog box appears.
  • In the Add-Ins available box, select the check box next to the add-in that you want to activate, and then click OK.

Enable the add-ins


You are done! Feel free to comment below or email me with questions.