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How to open multiple workbooks automatically in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2013-06-05

You may use some workbooks frequently. Is there a way to automatically open multiple specified workbooks when opening any Excel file? Here I will guide you to make setting for automatically opening workbooks in Excel.

Automatically open workbooks with adding them in XL Startup folder

Automatically open workbooks with Kutools for Excel


arrow blue right bubble Automatically open workbooks with adding them in XL Startup folder

If you move a workbook in the XL Startup folder, this workbook will be opened automatically whenever you open an Excel workbook.

In usual this XL Startup folder is located with the path of C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\XLSTART .

Double click the explorer to open it, copy and paste this path C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\XLSTART. And press Enter key, then move the workbooks that you want to open them automatically next time into the XL Startup folder. See screenshot:

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Then close the explorer, when you launch any Excel file, the workbooks in XL Startup folder will be opened automatically.

Note: You can specify an alternate startup folder in addition to the XL Start folder, do the followings:

1. Click File > Options, in the Excel Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab in the left pane, and scroll down to the General section and enter the folder name that you want to automatically the Excel files in the At startup, open all files in box. See screenshot:

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2. Then click OK, when you start Excel, it automatically opens all workbooks in both the XL Start folders and the alternate folder that you specified.

If you don’t want to open these workbooks neat time, you can remove the files from the XL Start folders and delete the file path from the At startup, open all files in box.


arrow blue right bubble Automatically open workbooks with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, its Auto Open Those Workbooks Next Time tool can help us automatically open multiple specified workbooks whenever you start the Excel program.

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1. Open the workbooks that you want to open them at once next time.

2. Click Enterprise > Workbook Tools > Auto Open Those Workbooks Next Time. See screenshot:

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3. In the Auto Open those Workbooks Next Time dialog box, all the opened workbooks are listed in the list box, select workbooks that you want to automatically open them in future. See screenshot:

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4. Click OK. And all the specified workbooks will be opened automatically next time.

Note: The workbooks you need to open automatically must be saved, and they are opening in Excel.

Kutools for Excel's Auto Open Those Workbooks Next Time tool does not require users to move workbooks to a specific folder, and it supports automatically opening any workbooks no matter which folders they are in. Moreover, you can easily disable the auto opening by clicking Clear button.

Click to know more about this Auto Open Those Workbooks Next Time feature.

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I need to work on a heavy Excel file which may freeze already-opened files. My suggestion of solutions::
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In Windows 10 + Office 365, when I open multiple Excel files in File Explorer, they are different processes and they don't "know" about each other. Thus, the solution above does not work, because there is only the current file displayed in "Auto open those workbooks Next Time" window.
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