SmartSimple Excel Plug-in

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The SmartSimple Excel Add-In feature is used in conjunction with SmartSimple reports to merge information from these reports into an Excel Spreadsheet.

This document describes how to install and use the Excel Add-In for both requirements.

The Excel Add-In is a Microsoft Excel Add-In and must be installed in Excel.

This add-in will work with Microsoft Excel version 97, 2000, and XP. It will not work with Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh.

Installing the Excel Add-in

You can download the latest copy of the Excel Add-In from your copy of SmartSimple.

1. Select the Help, Downloads menu.

2. Right click on the SSEXCEL.dll file, and choose the Save Target as menu.

3. Place this file any folder.

4. Launch Microsoft Excel.

Adding the Add-in to Excel that is not 2010

Installing the SmartSimple Excel Add-In requires that you first display the Com Add-Ins toolbar, and then use that toolbar to add the new component.

1. Choose the Tools, Customize menu.

2. Click the Commands tab.

3. Scroll to the Tools category.

4. Scroll to the COM Add-Ins command.


5. Drag this item to an existing toolbar.


6. Click the Close button.

7. Click the COM Add-Ins button.

The Com add-in window is displayed.


8. Click the Add button.

9. Navigate to the folder where you stored the Excel Add-In file.

10. Select the file SSExcel.dll from this folder.


11. Click the check box next to the file name.


12. Click the OK Button.

The SmartSimple toolbar is added to Excel.


There are two buttons: the first – SmartSimple Settings is used to configure your username and password for SmartSimple access and the second – SmartSimple Reports is used to display the reports you have permission to execute.

Adding the Add-in to Excel 2010

Installing the SmartSimple Excel Add-In for Excel 2010 requires that the SSExcel.dll file is properly registered on your local machine.

1. Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Accessories.

2. Right-click Command prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.

4. Type the following command at the command prompt, but reference the full path of the SSExcel.dll file on your local machine:

regsvr32 C:\Pathname\SSExcel.dll


5. Click Enter. If all runs as expected then you should receive a confirmation message


6. The SmartSimple toolbar should now be available in Excel.


Configuring the Excel Add-in

The first time you wish to use the Excel Add-In, you need to input your SmartSimple username and password.

If you have previously installed SmartDoc for Microsoft Word, then your user setting will already be established.

Setting the User Options

1. Click the SmartSimple Settings button.


The SmartSimple Settings window is displayed.


You use this window to set the following settings:

  • Username - The same name you use to log into SmartSimple using a Web Browser.
  • Password - Your normal SmartSimple password.
  • Using SSL (port 443) - Select this option if your company is using Secure Socket Layers (SSL) to connect to SmartSimple. If in doubt, consult your administrator.
  • Alias - Your organization's SmartSimple "entry point".
  • HTTP Port - Defines the communications port used in your copy of SmartSimple. Normally this will be Port 80. Check with your administrator if this port does not work. You don't need to change this setting if you use SSL.
  • SmartSimple URL - The alias is your organization's SmartSimple "entry point" (i.e. for ACME it would be Do not use a www or http:// prefix.
  • Resume Processing/Document Merging - Choose the option required for both resume processing and document merging. Select both check boxes.

SmartSimple URL Samples


1. Set the username to the name you use to log into SmartSimple.

2. Set the password to your SmartSimple password.

3. Set the Alias.

4. Set the URL.

5. Click the OK button.

In future you will be automatically connected to SmartSimple every time you start Excel.

Generating a Report in Excel

The purpose of the Excel Add-In is to display the results of reports created in SmartSimple, in an Excel spreadsheet.

1. Click the SmartSimple Reports button.


The report list is displayed.


All the reports you are permissioned to see are displayed in this list.

2. Double click in the required report.

If there are any parameters required you will be prompted.

3. Click the OK button.

The report is displayed in the Excel Spreadsheet.

4. You can now apply any formatting that you need.

System Requirements

  • This feature requires Microsoft Excel 2000 or higher installed on your computer
  • Access to the Internet is required plus a valid SmartSimple username and password.

Setting Security

This feature stores user information in a file: SETTING.INI, in the Microsoft Office/Office/ folder on the C: Drive. If this folder is protected, then the system will not work.

The user must have write access to this folder in order for the Excel Add-In to operate.