When you have converted your workbook as an executable (.EXE) file, the next step is to distribute it to your users.

XLS Padlock offers several methods to streamline this process: through a Zip Archive, an EXE Installer, or simple Copy To Folder.

Zip Archive

A Zip archive is a popular choice for distributing applications, thanks to its simplicity and compatibility. By compressing your application files into a single Zip file, you make file management a breeze. This method is especially useful for sharing your application via email or cloud services, as it reduces the file size and bundles multiple files into one easy-to-manage package.


To create a Zip archive of your XLS Padlock application, click Make Zip and choose where you want to create the .zip file.


EXE Installer


For a more professional touch, consider distributing your workbook application via an EXE installer. This method enhances the user experience by providing a familiar installation process, common in Windows environments. The installer can create Windows shortcuts, display a readme or license agreement before installation, and offer an uninstall option, allowing users to easily remove the application from their computer if necessary.


To create an installer, see the dedicated topic: make an installer for your EXE file


Copy To Folder


Finally, copying your application files directly to a folder might be the fastest route. This method is as simple as it gets:


•Copy all necessary application files into a folder.

•Share this folder with your users through physical media (like a USB drive) or through network transfer.


While not as polished as the other methods, this approach offers the quickest way to get your application running on another system, without the need for zip utilities or installer software.