Excel (Mac) opens docs when started

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 miz_mdk -
Hello,
Recently my Excel (Office 07 for Mac) program tries to open ALL the documents in a particular file whenever I start it up. It choses to open non-Excel documents in the file with a message that they are not compatible with Excel. These documents were correctly closed before closing down Excel on last use. It also opens about seven of the last Excel documents I last had open, although they were closed out after the last use. Very annoying. Any solutions you have would be appreciated.
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Not sure about MAC, but in excel there is option that you can check that will open all the documents in a particular folder. Check your excel options.
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I have done exactly that - specified a specific folder - unfortunately, Excel opens all the subfolders too, and does exactly what CM above mentions - it opens all manner of files (such as PDFs).

How can I get to preferences to delete this path to this folder, when Excel insists on opening all these files (then crashing) before I can select any options from within Excel itself?

Any ideas of how to by-pass the folder-opening stage without 'forcing quit'?
I just experienced the same problem - started Excel with shiftkey and than edited Preferences - General and empty the "At startup..."-line.
That worked fine for me.
Yay! This worked for me! Thank you.
Hi Guys, I found this link to a different though similar issue with Excel going off on a tangent and doing its own thing when started up.
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/mso_mac#addcomment

CyberTaz suggested launching Excel while holding the shift key down!
Wow, what genius. This worked for me: Excel opened in its default state, and I was able to go into Preferences in Excel, and change my path for what folder it needed to choose when starting up. I created a specific subfolder that contains the file that I need it to open...

Thought you might like that tip about holding down SHIFT when opening an application. That was news to me!
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Appreciate you sharing your finding with others. Not many have that much of courtesy. So thank you for that.
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Your welcome! I was sooo pleased that there was a simple fix, and needed to let you know, lest you were still stranded.
All the best!