How Do I Create a Stock Data Type in Excel?


Angela Bailey

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a stock data type in Excel. With the stock data type, you can easily retrieve and analyze real-time stock information without leaving your Excel workbook. This feature is available in both Excel for Windows and Excel for Mac.

Step 1: Enable Stock Data Type

To begin, make sure you have the latest version of Excel installed on your computer. Then, follow these steps to enable the stock data type:

  • Step 1: Open Excel and go to the “File” tab.
  • Step 2: Click on “Options” in the left-hand menu.
  • Step 3: In the Excel Options dialog box, select “Data” from the left-hand menu.
  • Step 4: Scroll down to the “Data Types” section and check the box next to “Stocks”.
  • Step 5: Click on “OK” to save your changes.

Step 2: Use Stock Data Type

Now that you have enabled the stock data type, let’s see how we can use it in our workbook:

  • Step 1: Open a new or existing workbook in Excel.
  • Step 2: Select a cell where you want to insert the stock data.
  • Step 3: Type the name of a company or its stock symbol into the selected cell. For example, “Microsoft” or “MSFT”.

As you type, Excel will recognize the stock data and display a small icon next to the text. To retrieve the stock information, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the small icon next to the text.
  • Step 2: A drop-down menu will appear with various options, such as “Current Price”, “52-Week Range”, and more.
  • Step 3: Select the desired option from the menu.

The selected stock information will be inserted into the cell automatically. You can also insert additional data points by typing them directly into other cells or selecting them from the drop-down menu.


The stock data type in Excel retrieves real-time information from an online source. Therefore, you must have an active internet connection for this feature to work properly. Also, keep in mind that this feature is available only for certain versions of Excel and may not be supported in older versions.


The stock data type in Excel is a powerful tool that allows you to quickly retrieve and analyze real-time stock information without leaving your workbook. By enabling this feature and following a few simple steps, you can easily access key data points such as current price, 52-week range, and more. Start using the stock data type today to enhance your financial analysis and decision-making process!

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