Inquire (Office 2013)


Applies to: Office Professional Plus 2013, Office 365 ProPlus, Excel 2013

Get an overview of Spreadsheet Inquire, an add-in for Excel.

In addition to the server applications—Microsoft Audit and Control Management Server 2013 and Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013—Office includes several desktop applications that you can use to assess Excel workbooks and Access databases. One of these applications is Inquire, an add-in for Excel which is available with Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office 365 for enterprises.

Opening and using Inquire


.NET Framework 4.0 must be installed before you can use Inquire.

Inquire is an add-in for Excel 2013. You can use Inquire to compare versions of a workbook, identify potential issues within workbooks, and see links between workbooks, worksheets, and cells. By default, Inquire is not enabled. However, you can easily enable Inquire in Excel 2013.

To enable Inquire in Excel 2013

  1. In Excel 2013, on the File tab, choose Options.

  2. In the Excel Options dialog box, click Add-Ins.

  3. In the Manage list, choose COM Add-ins, and then click Go.

    The COM Add-ins dialog box appears.

  4. Select Inquire, and then click OK.

    Excel 2013 now displays an Inquire tab.

To learn more about Inquire, see What you can do with Spreadsheet Inquire (

See also

Spreadsheet Controls
Database Compare (Office 2013)
Spreadsheet Compare (Office 2013)