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How to create a Macro-enabled template in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-09-30

Supposing you add a VBA macro for a workbook, now you want to save it as a template. With normally method to save as template, it will pop up a warning dialog box, see screen shot below. Actually, we can easily save this workbook as a Macro-enabled template.


Save current workbook as a macro-enabled template

To save a workbook with VBA macro as template, you can do as following:

1. Click the File > Save > Computer > Browse.

2. In the coming Save As dialog box, enter a name for this workbook in the File name box, and click the Save as type box and select Excel Macro-Enabled Template (*.xltm) from drop down list.

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Note: When you specify workbook type as Excel Macro-Enabled Template (*.xltm), it will open the default save location of templates automatically.

3. Click the Save button.

Up to present, you have saved the workbook with VBA macros as a macro-enabled template already.


Change the default save format as macro-enable template

Actually, we can change the default save format and save all workbooks as macro-enable templates automatically. Please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options.

2. In the opening Excel Options dialog box, please click Save in the left bar, choose Excel Macro-Enable Template (*.xltm) from the Save files in this format drop down list in the Save workbooks section. See screenshot:

3. Click the OK button.

From now all, any workbook will be saved as macro-enabled template automatically when you clicking File > Save.

Save range as mini template (AutoText entry, remaining cell formats and formulas) for reusing in future

Normally Microsoft Excel saves the whole workbook as a personal template. But, sometimes you may just need to reuse a certain selection frequently. Comparing to save the entire workbook as template, Kutools for Excel provides a cute workaround of AutoText utility to save the selected range as an AutoText entry, which can remain the cell formats and formulas in the range. And then you will reuse this range with just one click.


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