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      • #1836454 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Excel 2016, Win10. Up until the last update by MS of Excel when I open excel (to a blank worksheet) and click the File Button in the upper left corner, I would go to “File-Open” and have my list of recent files, etc. Now when I click the File Button I go to “File-Info”, and have to click Open (I know, it’s hard…). Seems I had this problem years ago, but can’t find any notes on how to get the File Button to go to “File-Open”. Any help would be appreciated.

        • This topic was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by rdleib.
      • #1836531 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        I just tried this and I still get the Open screen, Info is grayed out!

        My version Info:
        Win 10 1809

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      • #1836627 Reply
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        Thanks, RetiredGeek, my version is 1905 (Build 11629.20214). After I click on File, then Open, everything is correct. Never had it grayed out that I can remember…

      • #1837890 Reply
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        Just to be clear – is this when opening to blank worksheet or no worksheet? Those two are different cases.

        What I see is:

        With an empty workspace (no worksheet open), Info, Save, &c are grayed out, which I feel is a reasonable thing in that situation. But recent monthly versions at least seem to go to a “Home” screen instead of a workspace – to get an empty workspace you need to have had something open and then closed.

        With a worksheet in the workspace, it does default to the Info screen, even if the worksheet is blank and unsaved.

        This in “Version 1905 (Build 11629.20246 Click-to-Run)” for sure, and don’t recall it having changed very recently.

      • #1838233 Reply

        Thanks, mn-  I have a blank worksheet when I open Excel. It always defaulted to “Open” until recently. I do believe I did something to cause it to default to “Open” – a setting or some strange registry fix or something, but I don’t recall what. If so, a recent update broke it or reset it. It makes sense the way it defaults now, but for me it was a bit more user-friendly when it defaulted to “Open”.

      • #1838551 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Ctrl+O will do it from a keyboard, but I don’t know how to go directly to Open with a mouse.

        (There’s also an Option under Save for “Don’t show the Backstage when opening or saving files with keyboard shortcuts”.)

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      • #1838637 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks b – tried the option under “save” to not show the backstage, that didn’t do it for me anyway. Hope I’m not anonymous this time – for got to sign back in. It’s not that big of issue, I just thought maybe there was a setting or well-known trick to do it, obviously there isn’t.

        • #1894693 Reply


          You can customize the number of the most recently used workbooks in two places. Apart from the scrollable list when you click File>Open>Recent you can also show a list of recently used workbooks on the File tab itself.
          Then, when you click the File Button in the upper left corner, you don’t need to go to “File-Open”. For example,


          To do this, in the Excel Options dialog box, on the Advanced tab, scroll down to the Display section, and tick the box as shown here..


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