I tried orangebox's and Adam's instructions and linked instructions but it didn't do the trick, so I tried the following:
- Opening up, in this case, Excel, close all documents and quit Excel.
- Open up the following folder:
~/Library/Saved Application State
(you can also use the Cmd+Shift+G shortcut in
- There you can search for the application folder. For me the folder is
- Select it, use Cmd+I for an information window on this folder and check the "Locked" option.
Now Excel can't change the
savedState folder and will always open with a blank spreadsheet, which is at least faster for me.
When you drag a document on Excel (in the Dock for example) it will open it normally. Closing Excel and reopening still gets me a clean spreadsheet.