.XLAM File Extension

Microsoft Excel Macro-Enabled Add-In

Developer Microsoft
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What is an XLAM file?

An XLAM file is a macro-enabled add-in used by Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet application included in the Microsoft Office suite. It is used to add additional commands and features to Excel. Some XLAM files are developed by Microsoft, while others are created by third-party developers and Excel users.

More Information

Because different users use Microsoft Excel for different, specialized tasks, Microsoft allows users to add additional features to Excel. To add these features, users must install an Excel add-in, which is stored in an XLAM file.

Some XLAM files come pre-installed with Excel. To activate these add-ins:

  1. Select File → Options → Add-Ins.
  2. In the Manage window, select Excel Add-insGo.
  3. In the Add-Ins available window, select the add-ins you want to activate.
  4. Click OK.

Users can install additional add-ins by downloading or creating their own XLAM files and then manually adding those files to Excel.

NOTE: XLAM files cannot be added to Excel 2003 or earlier versions unless you have installed the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack.

How to open an XLAM file

To install an XLAM file as a Microsoft Excel add-in, you must:

  1. Select File → Options → Add-Ins.
  2. In the Manage window, select Excel Add-insGo.
  3. In the Add-Ins window, select Browse.
  4. Find and select your XLAM file. Then, click OK.


While XLAM files are typically legitimate Microsoft Excel add-ins, they may also be used to distribute and execute malware attacks on victims' computers. To protect against malicious XLAM attacks, never add an XLAM file to Excel unless you can verify its legitimacy and source.

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