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MS Excel: Strange to relate...

My OS: Windows XP Pro SP2. Running MS Office XP Pro.

My annoyance:

My MS Excel opens with a previously saved/or worked on worksheet-
i.e. opening via the program icon at Program Files, and also via the short cut icon at the Start>All Programs menu. I am now unable to open up a blank worksheet(template ? ). Sure, I can delete the data at the opened worksheet to work on the resulting blank, but it is very troublesome because of the cells formating present therein. Is there anything I can do like in MS Word where I can delete the and then let Office create a new template ?

I also noticed that when I open other worksheets, I get a brief view(about half a second) of that worksheet mentioned above before the intended worksheet opens.

If I switch to a different account, then there is no problem. However, I do not ''own'' that account. Is there anyway to ''transfer'' the settings ? The only solution I have is to create a template on the other account or on another computer and transfer it to my account on the computer.

Thanks for any suggestions.


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Re: autoopening in Excel

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Things to try:
- see if any file happens to be in folder XLstart (such a file openes automatically)
- delete (or rename) personal.xls (your personal macro file)
- delete (or rename) the spreadsheet that pops up every time (what happens?) - use file>save as to find out name and location.

What happens if you press ctrl-n (open new empty spreadsheet)?


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Not so strange...

In reply to: Re: autoopening in Excel

Thanks, Kees.

Ctrl+n does open up a proper blank worksheet.
There indeed is a Personal.xls file at User....Application Data...Excel>XLstart. Deleting that file solves the problem. I did have a macro recorded and saved at Personal Workbook. The macro has been working since one year ago without problems. How the Personal.xls came to be at XLstart is beyond my imagination. I have the same macro at another computer, where there was nothing at XLstart.

As it is, since deleting the Personal.xls file at XLstart,I have lost the macro but have recorded it again. Thanks again for your help.


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(NT) (NT) You're welcome.

In reply to: Not so strange...

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