Solve a Problem
If you do encounter a problem with XLQ, please look through this page to see if it has already been addressed.
If you do not find a solution, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the problem, including information on the version of xlq, the version of excel and the version of windows.
Support is provided by email only, and I will try to respond in the shortest delay.
This page covers the most common support questions. If you do have a problem you should verify that you are running the latest version of xlq as only the latest version can be guaranteed to work with any changes made by the data sources, such as changes to their interface, network, IP address etc.
If you think you may have found a bug, or would like to see a feature in a new version, please let me know.
If you do not find a solution on this page and feel that some additional information here would have been helpful, let me know and I can possibly add it.
Supported Hardware and Software
- Will run on any full version of Windows starting from Windows XP through to Windows 10.
- Will run on any computer, desktop, laptop, tablet or virtual machine that is running a version of windows above.
(including Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface 3)
- Can only be used on an Apple via Parallels (etc.)
- Excel is not required to use XLQ, but xlq will support any version of Excel starting from Excel 2000
- Will not run on windows RT or windows phone, nor will it work with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT or 2000
- Will not run on an iPad, Linux or Apple OS X.
(if you need to, use Parallels, VM etc.)
If you are seeing #Name in a cell containing an xlq formula it usually indicates that Excel has disabled add-ins, which can occur if
excel crashes, although it usually asks before doing so.
You can verify this by opening a new workbook and typing in =xlqPrice("msft") and pressing enter.
In excel 2010 and later click the File menu and choose options. (In excel 2007 click the Office button and choose options)
From the excel options dialog, choose add-ins. At the bottom of that screen it shows “manage” and in the drop down afterwards choose “disabled items” then click Go. If xlq is there, re-enable it, then close and restart excel and it should work again.
If you are using Excel 2003, you can do the same by clicking help / about and clicking the “disabled items” button.
- Other reasons could be that xlq is not installed, the wrong platform (32 or 64 bit) is installed, or the COM add in 'xlq Loader' (xlq2init.dll, or earlier than xlq 5.3 xlqinit.dll), is not set to load when excel starts.
XLQ Data Engine
Cannot see the Q
When xlq is running, there is a (usually) green Q shown on the task bar next to the windows date / time. Right clicking this Q displays the 'Q menu' providing access to preference settings, status views and underlying data management and viewing. It is also where the
registration code is entered.
If xlq is running and you cannot see the Q, windows could be hiding it. In that case click the small triangular up arrow, as in the first screen shot on this page (left of the Q). You can then drag the Q to the task bar.
Since xlq 5.1 you can now also press Alt-Ctrl-Shift-Q to display the Q menu.
Historic Data Corruption
- If there is a crash / power failure etc. when xlq is writing to disk, a file can become corrupted. If this occurs, when xlq is started a small dialog will show an error message, and closing it will again display a new one.
- If this occurs, right click the Q and choose preferences, Under General settings, set "Delete all data on exit -once" to Yes, click apply, then close and restart xlq. (Version 5.3 or later required)
If XLQ is an earlier version than 5.3 you would need to delete the data files manually, i.e. close xlq (rebooting if needed) and delete the files starting with h and ending with .xlq and .xqi (e.g. h_yahoo1(2,3 and 4).xlq and h_yahoo1.xqi etc.)
They are found by default in the users directory e.g. c:\users\[user name]\appdata\local\xlq\.
If you cannot see the files in windows explorer. With WIndows 10, from the ribbon choose view / Options, then in the dialog click View. With earlier versions of windows, press alt to see the menu and choose tools / folder options. Click the view tab.
From there, change the option “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives” and press apply.
These files will be recreated when you start xlq, and the database will be repopulated as the data is needed.
An alternative is to uninstall (which deletes the files) and re-install, but doing so you will also lose any preference changes and need to re-enter your reg. code.
Clean up Symbols
- Whenever a symbol is used by xlq, in excel, xlqCompanion etc. the symbol will be added to the stock manager. If you are no longer interested in all the symbols you should remove any unwanted ones.
Right click the Q (or press Alt-Ctrl-Shift-Q) and select Stock manager (alternatively double click the Q).
Choose the source, then select the symbols you no longer want by ticking delete. If you wish to select a number of rows, highlight them with the mouse, then right click and choose delete.
To select all symbols, the most efficient is to right click the top left cell and choose delete. When all symbols are chosen processing is faster and additional cleanup is performed.
The actual delete is done when you click the refresh symbol (double arrows).
Any symbol that is deleted but is still being used will automatically be added again.
Note the stock manager does not update automatically. To see the latest information, refresh (double arrows) should be pressed first.
- If you wish to remove all data, the quickest is to right click the Q and choose preferences, Under General settings, set "Delete all data on exit -once" to Yes, click apply, then close and restart xlq. (Version 5.3 or later required)
Cannot choose Exit from the Q menu
- If xlq is started by or is being used by another program Exit from th menu is disabled.
- If the program using xlq exits abnormally or crashes, exit will remain disabled. From xlq 5.3 you may now press ctrl, which will allow you to choose the menu option, now shown as "Force Exit!" to perform a clean exit.
- For versions earlier than 5.3 you would need to press ctrl-shift-escape to display the windows Task Manager and under processes end the task xlqEng1.exe
- If you have a TDAmeritrade account it is possible to work with their free real-time (including for options) and historic data.
- You will need to enter your login and password into xlq preferences. This information is encrypted and sent to TDAmeritrade via SSL when connecting.
- The account needs to be a standard TDAmeritrade account, i.e. ThinkOrSwim enabled accounts will not work as the user id will connect to a different platform for data and trade routing, and does not work with the TDA data service. TDA has confirmed that it is possible to convert a standard account to a ToS account, but it is not possible to convert a ToS account to a standard account. Instead a new account would need to be created.
- If you have an InteractiveBrokers account you can use any of their market data that you are subscribed for via XLQ.
- TraderWorkStation (TWS) or their gateway needs to be running on the computer, and needs to be configured to allow for connections.
In TWS click 'Configure' then choose API / Settings.
"Enable ActiveX and Socket Clients" should be checked.
And to avoid the connection message add 127.0.0.1 as a trusted IP Address.
- If you have any connection or symbol problems consult the xlq Interactivebroker status views (right click the Q in the task bar and choose view data / status). Look at both the day and historic status views for any errors.
- If you are not sure of the symbol to use, enter it into TWS then right click the row and choose contract info / description. The screen shown will show the symbol, type and currency to use.
20 March 2017
XLQ 5.6 released
- New formulae xqlxhFlexAve, xlqxhFlexAveSlope, xlqxhFlexAveIntercept, xlqxhFlexAveStdDev with support for new averages (Double / Triple / Triangular EMA, Hull etc).
- 10 New data 'types' for supported formulae.
- No. of intraday bars doubled, New 15 and 30 second intervals.
- New formulae xlqIntraEarliestPeriod, xlqBidTime, xlqAskTime, xlqIsMarketOpen.
- New preference settings for IQFeed and TDAmeritrade to mange pre/post market data.
- xlqPseudoHist now also availalble for Google.
- And more. >>
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