Save yourself hours with these tips for Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

The Excel Addict - Help with Excel 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003
September 22, 2015

Hi fellow Excel Addict,

Thanks for being an 'Excel Addict'. This is the first of two newsletters that I will be sharing with you this week.

My 'Excel in Seconds' tips:
  • read and implement them quickly,
  • see results immediately,
  • save valuable time day after day,
  • using these small tips daily can make a big difference.
"Success is the sum of small efforts - repeated day in and day out." -- Robert Collier

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Hope you enjoy this today's tip.

Take care and keep on Excelling,
Francis Hayes (The Excel Addict)

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Excel in Seconds with

File, New, Blank Workbook...blah!

I can't believe Microsoft didn't include a 'new workbook' command on the Ribbon.

Most Excel users I observe start new workbooks by clicking File, New, Blank Workbook. It's only 3 clicks. But why make 3 clicks when you don't have to.

Some Excel users use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+N. Yes, nice and easy. But my preferred way is by clicking the New command on the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT). Yes, you can add a button to your QAT or Ribbon that allows you to open a new workbook with one click.

Add a New Workbook Command to your Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 365
To add a new workbook command to your Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)

1) Right-click anywhere on Ribbon and choose 'Customize the Quick Access Toolbar';

Right Click Menu Customize Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 365
2) From the 'Choose commands from' dropdown, select All Commands;

3) Scroll down the list of commands in the list on the left and select New (NOT New...);

4) Click the Add>> button then click OK.

Add a New Workbook Command to your Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 365
Now you can open new workbooks with just one click or one keyboard shortcut...and save yourself some time. 

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