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Revealing the Fatal Flaw of the Start Screen
You can switch from Featured templates to Personal templates in
order to see any templates stored on your computer.
One member of the Excel team introduced the Start screen by saying he ini-
tially disliked it, but soon realized that he could predict where his mouse
should be headed to open a certain recent workbook. I don t see this as a be-
nefit. I rarely go back and process a workbook that I recently processed. I
am always moving forward, needing to open another workbook in the folder. I
think the Recent Places pane in Excel 2010 is superior to Recent Files. I find
Excel 2013 now putting Recent Files in the fore-front and making me spend sev-
eral clicks to get to Recent Places.
Revealing the Fatal Flaw of the Start Screen
The Start screen is rarely useful to me. I never use any of the templates from
Office Online. The Recent list along the left side is Recent Files instead of
the more useful Recent Places. The only thing I do with the Start screen is to
select Blank Workbook. (See Figure 1.7 . )
Figure 1.7.
Figure 1.7. This tile says Blank Workbook, but it does not go through the
This tile says Blank Workbook, but it does not go through the
same logic as pressing Ctrl+N.
same logic as pressing Ctrl+N.
However, this Blank Workbook is not the same Blank Workbook you get when
you open Excel 97 through Excel 2010. When you press Ctrl+N in Excel 2010,
the program goes through a fairly complicated process. It searches the
startup location and the alternate startup location for a file called
Book.xltx, Book.xltm, or Book.xltb. If it finds one of these files in one of these
locations, Excel 2010 opens that workbook and presents it as a blank work-
book. This enables you to store your favorite settings in Book.xltx, and then
every new book has those settings in the future.
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