It's time for you to finally learn how to use Pivot Tables in Excel!

Excel In Seconds Tips and Tricks from The Excel Addict - Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 365

November 15, 2016

Hi fellow Excel Addict,

I'm pretty sure most Excel users have heard about Pivot Tables and all the amazing things they can do. But many users are often intimidated by them because the term 'pivot table' sounds so complex. The truth is, Pivot Tables ARE complex. But thankfully for you, all that complexity is handled by Excel in the background and the user interface is actually pretty easy to use.

If you are someone who has always wanted to learn Pivot Tables or even someone who is intimidated by them, I'm happy to tell you about the free Pivot Table Webinars that my friend John Michaloudis is putting off this week. You can go here to find out more. In this one hour webinar, John will help you overcome your fears and finally learn the power of Pivot Tables.

In today's 'Excel in Seconds' tip, I will show you how to 'Access Your Recent List of Workbooks From the Windows Taskbar'.

If you missed last Thursday's 'Excel in Minutes' tip, 'Find (and/or Replace) All Blanks Resulting From Formulas', you can read it here now.

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ope you have a great week and keep on Excelling,
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Access Your Recent List of Workbooks From the Windows Taskbar

Doh! I'm feeling like an idiot.

Whenever I've needed to open a recently-used workbook, I've either used the the Start (menu), Excel method...

Recent Files On Start Menu in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

or, from within Excel, selected from File, Open, Recent Workbooks...

Recent Files From Open Dialog in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
But I'm embarrassed to admit I've only just recently discovered an even quicker method. Simply right click the Excel button on the Windows Taskbar (or left click and drag up) and you will see a list of recently-used workbooks.

Access Recent List Of Workbooks From Windows Taskbar in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

Also, from this Recent list, you have the option to pin workbooks that you use regularly so they remain on the list. Just point to a workbook on the list and click the pin icon. The workbook will be moved up to the Pinned list.

If you don't see this Recent list, in Excel, click File, Options, Advanced and, in the Display section, check the 'Quickly access this number of Recent Workbooks' option. You can control the number of recent workbooks on the list with this option.

Option Setting To Access Recent Workbooks in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

If this option is a revelation to you too, please let me know that I'm not the only idiot.

You will also be happy to know that this right-click option on the Taskbar works for many other programs. Not only for opening Recent files, but with some programs such as Outlook, you can immediately initiate a common task or, with Explorer, you can open a recenttly-used folder. The ability to pin frequently-used folders to the Explorer menu is HUGE!

Right Click Taskbar Options in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

It's time for you to finally learn how to use Pivot Tables in Excel!

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