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February 14, 2017

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In today's 'Excel in Seconds' tip, I'm following up last weeks XLSTART tip by showing you how to 'Take a Shortcut to Your XLSTART Folder'.

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Take a Shortcut to Your XLSTART Folder

In last Tuesday's 'Excel in Seconds' tip I showed you how to use the XLSTART folder to open a specific workbook when Excel starts.

If you record macros in your Personal Macro Workbook, that too is stored in the XLSTART folder.

So there may be several reasons why you would need to access your XLSTART folder. But if you're like most Excel users, you probably don't know where to find it.

The reason it is so hard to find is that the XLSTART folder is located in a subdirectory of the AppData folder which is a hidden system folder.

Here's what I've done to make it easy to get to my XLSTART folder without having to remember its location. I have created a shortcut to it on my Desktop. If you frequently, or even occasionally, need to access your XLSTART folder, try this...

Take a shortcut to your XLSTART folder
1) Right-click on your Desktop and choose New, Shortcut;
2) In the 'Type the location of the item' field type or paste the following...

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART

3)  Click OK.

You are now just a click away from your XLSTART folder even if you don't remember where it is.

Desktop Shortcut To Xlstart Folder in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

Make your XLSTART folder visible:
As I said before, your XLSTART folder is located within the hidden AppData system folder. If you want, you can make the AppData folder visible by changing an option in File Explorer.

1) In File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer), on the View tab click the Options button;
2) On the Folder Options dialog, click the View tab;
3) In the Advanced Settings section, find the 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' and select it;
4) Click OK to close the Folder Options dialog

Show Appdata Folder in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
If you don't see the AppData folder right away within your 'USERNAME folder, close and reopen File Explorer. Then click on AppData and navigate down through the Roaming, Microsoft, and Excel folders, you should see the XLSTART folder.

File Explorer Path To Xlstart in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

Alternate methods will work too

You can also type or paste
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART
into File Explorer's address bar or in Excel's Open dialog to jump to the XLSTART folder.



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