Prevent Excel 2007 From Opening With A Blank Workbook

By default, when you open Excel, the application opens a blank workbook. If you normally work on existing workbooks, you can prevent Excel from opening a blank workbook.

To do this, you need to create a new Excel shortcut. Right click your Windows desktop, point to New and click Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard will appear. Type in the following path: “c:program filesmicrosoft officeoffice12excel.exe” (assuming you have installed Excel in the default folder location). Click Next and type in a name for the shortcut. Click Finish.

Next, right click the shortcut and select Properties. On the shortcut tab, append a “/e” to the end of the target path (be sure to include a space before the switch). Click Ok. Excel will not longer open to a blank workbook when you launch it using the application shortcut on the desktop.


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  1. Kyryll says:

    I wish there was a better solution.. You see /e stands for “embeded” and it not only prevents excel from opening a blank workbook but also from loading some com add ins :(
    I need the add ins but hate blank workbook :)

    Is there a better way?