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12-06-2005, 05:58 AM

Since I started using VBE, every time I open up any workbook I now get loads of personal tmp workbooks sitting in my system tray as well. I know they are sat in XLSTART etc, and I can hide them with the window - but they just come back up again when I open a new workbook. They are now starting to get on my nerves.
How do I stop them opening up altogether?

Cheers & thanks

Amanda PS - I think there is some funny virus connected with this VB stuff - three weeks ago, I didn't even know what VB actually was - now I have gone and bought Visual Basic Standard edition - is this bug fatal or just chronic?

12-06-2005, 07:13 AM
I know they are sat in XLSTART etc...

That's more than likely it, right there. Anything in the XLSTART folder(s) will open on Excel startup. Just remove the files from that folder.

12-06-2005, 07:21 AM

I've done that, so often it is ridiculous. But folder can be empty - lo & behold I will open a new workbook & yet another tmp file appears in my tray.




12-06-2005, 07:27 AM
You may want to do a search on your system for 'xlstart'.. there is sometimes multiples of them
one in the c:\documents and settings\amanda1\application data\microsoft\excel\xlstart
sometimes there is one at C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel
and sometimes even at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office

I mention those three as they are the 3 I have in my system! Might be worth taking a look at

12-06-2005, 07:57 AM
Also, go to Tools\Options\General tab and see if there is a file path listed for "at startup open all files in:"

If there is anything listed for that, just delete it and press OK.

12-06-2005, 08:45 AM
I've done all of those checks already, all clear and clean - but more still keep coming up - they aren't the same file each time - these are new ones being automatically created every time I open a workbook. Never had it before, only since I started using VB so there must be some connection somewhere - but do you think I can find it?

:boohoo :bawl :cry2: :whyme: :weep:

12-06-2005, 10:09 AM
Hrm. Do you have any macros that may be doing it? Since it's happening with each new workbook, I'm thinking perhaps something in Personal.xls?

Other than that, I'm pretty much out of ideas :shrug:

Zack Barresse
12-06-2005, 10:18 AM
I would try disabling all add-ins and checking your Personal.xls ThisWorkbook module. Disable any opening code, close Excel and try again. Same thing?

12-06-2005, 11:11 AM

I had disabled add-ins to see if that helped - along with deleting all the tmp files. I've taken your suggestion re the workbook, no open code - so I've moved it from the directory. Now lets see what happens.

Thanks for your help


12-07-2005, 03:18 AM

Something has worked - today I don't have any more little "tmp" files appearing - I haven't checked if there are any in the directory, but even if they are I don't care, they aren't populating on the screen or tray, which suits me fine!!!!!

:mbounce2: :bouncy: :clap2: :biggrin: :joy: Thanks everyone!!!!!!!! Regards Amanda