I’m having a small problem with the New Workbook Taskpane in Excel 2003 (11.6355.6360). I was investigating a problem dealing with application level events and book.xlt when I “discovered” that creating a new workbook from the task pane does not do what I expect. I created a template file named book.xlt and saved it in my xlstart directory. When I press Ctrl+N, a new workbook based on book.xlt was created. When I choose File > New, I get:
I dutifully choose Blank workbook, and I get a new workbook but it’s not based on book.xlt. What the heck is the point of book.xlt if File > New doesn’t use it? You could make the argument that choosing Blank Workbook gives you a blank workbook, but it seems to defeat the purpose. Am I doing something wrong here?