Introducing MZ-Tools 8.0 for VBA Portable Edition

MZ-Tools 8.0 for VBA, released a year ago, already introduced an innovation in the world of add-ins for the VBA editor allowing to install it without admin rights, something that was quite requested because in many companies users of Office are not admin users (and that’s right).

The build released yesterday, in the first anniversary, introduces yet another innovation in this area: a portable edition. That’s right, you can now run MZ-Tools 8.0 for VBA without running a setup. You can even run it from a USB drive if you want, without copying any file to the hard disk of your computer. This scenario is not so much requested, but it seems that there are companies where users are not allowed (by group policies) to run any kind of setup (even those setups that don’t require admin rights), and maybe even PowerShell or regedit.exe are not allowed either.

So, a portable edition is now provided. The setup edition is still not only provided but also recommended (at least for now). The portable edition is suitable for the scenarios mentioned above.

When you download the portable edition, you get a file that, when unzipped, has this file structure:


There is a MZTools8VBAPortable.exe executable (with a .config file to allow it to run on whatever .NET Framework you have installed, 2.0 or 4.0) and a Files folder, that contains the files (dlls) and the options files (although you can configure the options files anywhere).

When you run the MZTools8VBAPortable.exe file, you get a dialog to register MZ-Tools 8.0 for VBA in the VBA editor:


And, of course, you can unregister it if you want.