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.