How to customize your local Excel

Excel 2016
Excel is heavily used by all Microsoft Office users, and automatically opened workbooks, customizations of the menu, recent documents, and start screen allow you to save a lot of time.

   1.   Automatically open workbooks

If you work with the same workbooks every day, it will be helpful to open specific workbook files automatically whenever you start Excel. Any workbooks placed in the XLStart folder open automatically.

Start Up Location in Excel 365

See Opening workbooks automatically for more details.

   2.   Create your own menu

Creating custom menus in Excel is a funny feature you can use to create groups of the options you use most often and then plug them into the custom menu.

Add command in the group in Excel 365

See Creating Your Own Menu for more details.

   3.   Add commands to the quick access toolbar

Suppose you'd like to add a couple more commands to the Quick Access toolbar. Also, say you're a big fan of AutoSum. You can add the AutoSum button to the Quick Access toolbar, so you can quickly create and use AutoSum entries.

Quick Access Toolbar Excel 365

See Adding commands to the Quick Access Toolbar for more details.

   4.   Change the number of the most recently used workbooks

Having your 25 most recently used workbooks on the File menu is handy, but you may find it's not enough. You can increase the number shown up to 50, and you can pin/fasten some workbooks to the menu so that they remain there even if you haven't used them recently.

Advanced Excel 365 Options

See Change the number of the most recently used workbooks for more details.

   5.   Start Excel without an empty workbook

If you prefer to avoid the empty workbook being created when Excel starts up, you can do so by editing the command line used to start Excel.

Empty Option for Excel 365

See Starting Excel without an Empty Workbook for more details.

   6.   Change the number of sheets for new workbooks

Excel for Microsoft 365 automatically creates one worksheet in each new workbook, but you can force it to create as many worksheets as you need.

Number of sheets in Excel 365

See How to change the number of sheets for new workbooks for more details.

   7.   Turn off Start screen

When you first start most of the Microsoft 365 applications, you'll see a new feature called the Start screen. It might be useful for PowerPoint, but for Excel, it is better to turn it off.

Options in Excel 365

See How to turn off Start screen for more details.

See also this tip in French: Comment personnaliser votre Excel local.

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