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I am running MS Office 2013 on my Windows 7 computer.  Is there any way to set defaults in Excel so that new documents will automatically insert a footer with the path & filename by default?

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Phil
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by:rspahitz
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I think you can set up your personal workbook to include anything you want and it should propagate into each new document.
Alternately, you can set up a template file with the desired features.
Or you can can a Personal Workbook macro that, on creating a new workbook, that information gets set up.

Do you know how to do any of these? (MS changed the way things work with templates in the 2013 version)
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I could make a macro, which seems like a good idea (and I know how to do that).  But a personal workbook that doesn't require that would be better - can you tell me how to do that?

Thanks,

Phil
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I'll have to check specifics when I get to a Win/MS Office machine, but I think you go to menu Windows | Unhide... and select the Personal Workbook to make it available, then set the features/options you want.  However, I've never tried it with printer settings (I assume that's what you meant by footer) so I'm not sure if they persist when you add a new workbook.  I'll get back to you later on this if you are unable to make it work.
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Apparently, these things have changed in recent versions.
I found this link which claims to solve the problem, but I was not able to get it to work on my system:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-excel/excel-2013-change-default-template/6c6387d0-211c-4f6e-a856-3501324d5098

One way I've done this in the past is to create a shortcut to a template that does what I want, then pin the template in the Windows Start menu or taskbar.

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You can also create the desired book as a template then place it in the Excel start-up folder such as:

C:\Users\{uuu}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART

To access it when Excel starts, on the startup window that appears, above "Blank Workbook", select "PERSONAL" and you should see your saved template.  After selecting it the first time, it will appear in your startup list. You can also pin it (bottom corner of the file image) so it remains in your template list.
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Thank you.
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