Here you can adjust settings pertinent to quick-saving and exporting high-resolution charts.

Quick chart save mode

  • Use built-in save function: Excel provides a (usually hidden) way of saving charts as files. This function does not require any external tools, but the quality of the generated images leaves something to desire.
  • Use IrfanView: As an alternative, the third-party tool IrfanView (available free of charge) can be employed to save the generated charts as graphic files. This produces better quality than Excel’s built-in export functionality and also provides capabilities to quick-save graphs as TIFF and PDF files.


  • Enable color management: When exporting graphs as high-resolution images, the XL Toolbox can optionally embed color profiles in the files. You need to have RGB and CMYK color profiles installed on your Windows system. When clicking on one of the corresponding “Change” buttons, the Toolbox will provide you with a list of suitable installed profiles. Note that Excel does not provide a professional color management workflow!

Other options

  • Open image file with default program after export: When this option is checked, the generated image file will be opened using the default image viewer (e.g. Windows Picture Preview).

Helper program

  • Irfanview path: Here you can enter the path to your IrfanView installation. This is necessary only if you have enabled the “Use IrfanView” option (see above). The XL Toolbox has a special IrfanView configuration file, which you can manually edit by clicking the “Edit config.” button.

If IrfanView is already installed when the XL Toolbox is started for the first time, the Toolbox attempts to automatically locate the program file.