Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 4: Understanding Excel Files
The instructions that follow are for Windows Vista.
Start with an icon that launches Excel. Right-click the icon and choose Properties. In the
Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab and enter the following in the Target field (see
Figure 4-2: Customizing a shortcut to launch Excel.
“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\EXCEL.EXE” /p c:\xlfiles
Keep in mind that the path to excel.exe can vary for different installations and for different
You can also assign a shortcut key to launch Excel, which can be useful. If Excel is already
running, pressing the shortcut key activates Excel.
You can run multiple instances of Excel on a single system. Each instance is treated as a
separate task. Most people have pretty good success running multiple versions of Excel
on a single system. For best results, install the versions in the order of their release
dates (earliest to newest).