Currently when we open excel the context pane automatically opens. Is there a way to disable so that it does not appear automatically?
You can just turn it off by removing the tick on "Display Context Pane". See print screen below.
I recommend users to add the context pane and refresh sheet to the quick access toolbar to leverage hot keys to toggle on/off
The only way to stop the context pane from loading when you open Excel is to disable the add-in (by unchecking the boxes via File > Options > Add-ins > Manage).