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Bits & Bytes                                January 26, 2006  

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I hope everyone has a nice weekend ahead. The hubby and I 
are working on remodeling the basement so I know that will 
take up a lot of time. He is putting up new shelves behind 
the bar, and I am doing some painting. Otherwise, it should 
be a relaxing weekend that will hopefully include some time 
with family. Enjoy today's issue and take care!


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          :::::  This Week's Computer Tip  :::::   
Do you have settings in MS Excel such as formatting or 
choices from the Options window that you're constantly 
changing because Excel's blank workbook never seems to have 
things "the way you left them"? For example, Monday's 
setting for accepting labels in formulas. Excel's default is 
to not have that option checked.
Wouldn't it be nice to make these changes just once so that 
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you thought this was an impossible dream then you're in for 
a treat, because that's exactly what we're going to cover 

Basically, you need to create a template that contains all 
these elements you want to keep, but it's not just any 
template. It's got to be named and saved a certain way to 
make it the model for all future blank workbooks.

Begin with a blank workbook. Now modify this blank workbook 
with the formatting, options, etc. that you want on every 
blank workbook.

When the Save As window opens, you'll first need to name 
your file "book.xlt", then you'll have to use the Save as 
type list to choose Template.

Once you make the change of file type, you'll be put into 
the templates folder but don't save here. Templates saved 
here are available under General Templates from the File 
menu, New choice but do not control how new workbooks 

You'll need to locate your XLStart folder. Excel suggests 
that it may be located at 
C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice10XLStart

It's here, in the XLStart folder that you should save the 
template named book.xlt

When you've got the right name, file type, and location, 
click the Save button.

Voila! Now new workbooks should be created with all your 
required specifications.

If you change your mind and want to go back to the way it 
was before you made the book.xlt file, just locate and 
delete it. Excel will revert to the standard defaults.

If you want to make further modifications, just repeat the 
process, saving again with the name book.xlt in the XLStart 
folder. When prompted, choose to replace the current file 
with the new one. 


Disclaimer: Advice presented as informational and is true to 
the best of my knowledge.

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