Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Opening Multiple Workbooks at Once.

Opening Multiple Workbooks at Once

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 28, 2016)

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Excel provides a complete file management system. One of the features of this system is that you can quickly load multiple workbooks in one easy step. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+O to display the Open dialog box. (In Excel 2013 you'll need to not only press Ctrl+O, but then click Computer and then Browse.)
  2. Instead of double-clicking on a file name, start to create a "selection set." If you are selecting sequential files, click on the first file in the sequence, then hold the Shift key as you click on the last. You can add additional files to those selected by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking with the mouse.
  3. To remove files from the selection set, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a file name you previously added to the set.
  4. When you are satisfied with the list, click on Open.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (5677) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Opening Multiple Workbooks at Once.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2017-05-19 17:29:05

Ann

Since I can no longer open many Excel files in one Excel window. I am going to load the old version back onto my computer. Do you know at which version the change was made so that they all open in a separate window?

TIA, Ann


2016-12-29 00:27:54

Jim

I frequently need to open multiple Excel workbooks from within a running VBA macro. I store all of my documants on MS OneDrive, but on occasion, the most recently saved copy may not yet have been transferred from "My Computer" to OneDrive. It is not clear how I can ensure that I am opening the most recently saved copy?


2016-12-28 13:50:47

gerdami

@Matthew Foote,
You have to change a setting in the registry to allow the opening of more than 15 files at once.
See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2022295/


2015-01-13 12:14:00

Matthew Foote

I used to open a folder that contained all excel files and just use CTRL A to select them all and then right click and select open but I can't do that anymore, it will only let me open a few at a time so I have to open them in clusters, any idea how to fix this?


2013-07-17 20:30:02

Janice

I have worksheets 63l, 634, 636, etc. I want them to open in numeric order. They don't with this. Any suggestions why they don't. Currently open each one individually.


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