If you want to connect live data with the Data Streamer add-in for Excel, but you don't see the Data Streamer tab in the Excel ribbon, you first need to enable the Data Streamer add-in.

  1. Go to File > Options > Add-Ins.

  2. Make sure COM Add-ins is selected in the Manage box and click Go.

  3. In the COM add-Ins dialog box, make sure to select the box next to Microsoft Data Streamer for Excel add-in, then click OK.

Go to File > Options > Add-ins to install the Data Streamer add-in

After the add-in is enabled, the Data Streamer tab will appear in the ribbon:

Data Streamer add-in on Excel ribbon menu

Note: Data Streamer is available for free to all Microsoft 365 subscribers. If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office. If you don't see an entry for the Data Streamer add-in in the COM Add-Ins dialog box, it's because either your version of Office or Excel doesn't include it, or your organization's system administrator has made it unavailable. 

Need more help?

You can always ask an expert in the Excel Tech Community or get support in the Answers community.

See Also

What is Data Streamer?

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Advanced settings for the Data Streamer add-in

Workbook settings for the Data Streamer add-in

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