Set Up A Start Page For Excel

Regularly work with a lot of Excel spreadsheets? Make it easier to access them and brighten up your workspace by creating a start page.

Tech blogger Helen Bradley walks through the process, which essentially involves adding pictures for each spreadsheet you use to an empty Excel file, linking each one to the file and then setting it up to automatically open whenever you launch Excel. Bradley uses Office's built-in clip-art, but you could incorporate any images you liked, or even just text-based buttons.

Excel already includes some file access tricks: Excel 2007 lets you pin regularly-used documents in your recent files list, and in Excel 2010 those files are grouped at the top of the list. That's better for keyboard shortcut junkies, but the start page approach offers an attractive alternative.

Create your own Excel startup page


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