If you’ve created a macro in Excel, you may have noticed that a workbook called Personal.xlsb keeps opening whenever you launch Excel. This is annoying, but depending on your system’s set up, completely necessary. Personal.xlsb is where the macros that you’ve personally created are stored, and it differentiates your Excel macros from any scripts or extensions that your organization uses. That being said, if seeing Personal.xlsb every time Excel launches bugs you, you can hide it. Here’s how.
Hide Personal.xlsb when Excel Launches
By default, Personal.xlsb will be hidden when Excel launches. Chances are, it’s been there a lot longer than you realize. But for one reason or another, it can become unhidden.
The quickest way to get rid of it is to go to the View tab and click Hide.
Now, Personal.xlsb will continue to open but it’ll be hidden from view. In this way, you’ll still have access to the macros you’ve recorded, but you won’t see that pesky Personal.xlsb window anymore.
You should know that this file is normally stored in the C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART folder.
In fact, anything you place here will open automatically when you launch Excel.
In theory, another way you could get rid of Personal.xlsb is to delete it from this folder. But then you’d be losing the macros that you’ve saved. You can view your macros from the Developer tab in Excel.
If this entire time I’ve been talking about macros you’ve had no idea what they are and why you’d need them, then you can probably safely delete Personal.xlsb from this folder. But if you’re on a work computer or if you ever use macros to automate tasks, I might just leave it be and hide it just in case.
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