Emulating the Basic Add-in

If you have upgraded to the Analytics Edge Core Add-in, you can still emulate the behavior of the free Basic Add-in AND even produce compatible workbooks!  Quick and Easy!

Start just like you would with the Basic Add-in: select the cell where you want the results of a query to go. Then open the Free Google Analytics wizard “Analytics Reporting“.

Automatic Macro Naming

With the Core Add-in, you are asked for a name for the macro you are about to create…do Not enter anything, just click OK!


The macro will be named after the worksheet and cell you have selected [that is how the Basic Add-in works behind the scenes].

Create Your Query

The wizard will open and you can select the options for your query. Click Finish to run the query and display the results.¬†Note that the Core Add-in creates a temporary worksheet to display your results — it doesn’t commit them directly to a worksheet just yet. That would let you manipulate the data with the powerful analytics functions before dumping it to the worksheet. The Basic Add-in doesn’t have any other functionality, so all it can do it dump to the worksheet at your selected cell.

Write to Current Cell

The Core Add-in can emulate this simple step by selecting File > Write to Current Cell.


And that’s it! You have now created a Basic Add-in compatible query.

Two-Way Compatability

You can also run any workbook created by the Basic Add-in as well — just remember that if you change the macro name or the WriteToWorksheet function in any way, you can’t go back to the Basic Add-in.