Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 4: Understanding Excel Files
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Understanding Excel Files
In This Chapter
Starting Excel
Opening and saving different types of files in Excel
Introducing the XML file format in Excel 2007
Figuring out how Excel uses the Windows Registry
Starting Excel
You can start Excel in various ways, depending on how it’s installed. You can click an icon on the
desktop, use the Windows Start button, or double-click a file associated with the Excel
application. All methods ultimately launch the excel.exe executable file.
When Excel 2010 starts, it performs the following actions:
h It reads its settings stored in the Windows Registry.
h It reads and applies any Quick Access toolbar or Ribbon customizations defined in the
Excel.officeUI file.
h It opens the *.xlb menu/toolbar customization file.
h It opens all add-ins that are installed (that is, those that are checked in the Add-Ins
dialog box).
h It opens any workbooks that are in the XLStart directory.
h It opens any workbooks that are in the alternate start-up directory (specified in the
Advanced tab of the Excel Options dialog box).
h It determines whether Excel ended with a crash the last time it was used. If so, it displays
a list of autorecovered workbooks.
h It displays an empty workbook — unless the user specified a workbook to open or one or
more files were found in the XLStart or alternate start-up directory.
 
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