Remembering Commonly Used Workbooks

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated August 15, 2020)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365


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When you work with the same workbooks over and over again, you may want to come up with a quick way to get to those workbooks. This can be easily done in Excel; just follow these steps if you are using Excel 2007:

  1. Click the Office button.
  2. Hover the mouse pointer over the first three options you see (New, Open, or Save). Excel displays, at the right, a list of recent workbooks you've used.
  3. Click the push-pin icon that appears to the right of any workbooks you use regularly.

If you are using Excel 2010 or a later version, then the steps are slightly different:

  1. Display the File tab of the ribbon.
  2. If you are using Excel 2010, click Recent at the left side of the dialog box. If you are using Excel 2013 or a later version, click Open at the left side of the dialog box. In either case, Excel shows you a list of the most recent workbooks you've used.
  3. Scroll through the list of workbooks until you see the one you want to use regularly.
  4. Click the push-pin icon that appears to the right of the workbook in the list. (You may need to hover the mouse over the workbook name in order to see the push-pin icon.) Excel moves the workbook to the top of the list of files.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for any other workbooks you want to "remember."

That's it. You can now access these commonly used workbooks at any time by simply displaying the recent workbook list where they will always be shown at the top of the list.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8489) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Microsoft 365.

Author Bio

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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2020-08-16 10:12:09

John Mann

Another technique I have used is to create a desktop short-cut to some of my frequently used files. I also use the method in this tip.


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