Problems porting Excel interface C project to VS13/Excel13 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I’m attempting to reactivate a project for interfacing C functions with Excel, that worked fine several years ago, under VS6.0, and with an earlier version of Excel. The platform now consists of VS-13 and Excel 2013. My XLCall32.lib version is also old.

    Essentials of the code follow. The C compiles without errors or warnings, and a DLL is created. But when I run the module in Excel, there is an error “Can’t find entry point Mulo() …”.

    In the original project I used a .DEF file to declare the function, I’ve also tried adding this to the project, but the problem remains.

    Any assistance appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    // ***** C *****

    __declspec(dllexport) double WINAPI Mulo();

    double WINAPI Mulo()


           return 1.0;




      *****  VBA  *****

    Declare Function Mulo Lib "C:\DLLs\DLLtest.DLL" () As Double

    Sub DoCalc()


        i = Mulo()

    End Sub



    Friday, August 21, 2015 11:27 AM


  • Hi BruseVx,

    I am trying to reproduce this issue however failed. Here are the detailed steps for your reference:
    1. Create an dll project(CallDllFromVBA) via C++ in Visual Studio 2013

    2. Code in CallDllFromVBA.cpp:

    // CallDllFromVBA.cpp : Defines the exported functions for the DLL application.
    #include "stdafx.h"
    double _stdcall square(double *x)
    	return *x * *x;

    3. Add def file(defFile.def)

    LIBRARY "square"
     squareForEXL = square 

    4. Include the def file in property like figure below:

    5. Call the function from VBA like code below:

     Private Declare PtrSafe Function squareForEXL Lib "D:\CallDllFromVBA.dll" (ByRef x As Double) As Double
     Sub test()
     Debug.Print squareForEXL(5)
     End Sub

    And here is the c++ project structure for your reference:

    To debug the DLL project, we can set the properties listed below:
    1. Configuration Properties->Debugging->Command->file location for Excel.exe

    2.  Configuration Properties->C/C++->Broswe Information->Enable Broswe Information->Yes (/FR)

    And if you still have the issue about developing C++ library, I suggest that you reopen a new thread in C++ forum.

    Hope it is helpful.

    Regards & Fei

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    Monday, August 24, 2015 7:48 AM