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Learn step-by-step how to work with your Excel Workbook. Learn how to create a new workbook, and to save, open, close or delete the workbook file.

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Create an Empty New Workbook file
Open a Workbook file
Save a Workbook file
Close a Workbook file

Delete a Workbook file

Working with Excel Workbook Files

An Excel file is called a workbook.

A workbook is made up of one or more worksheets. And that's about the extent of it, right? Well, this brief introduction is only the beginning. To get something done in Excel, you have to know how to deal with workbooks - creating, saving, closing, and so on.

If you can start Excel, you're ready to begin working with your Excel workbook. This page shows you how to handle your workbooks so that your real work (the stuff you put into a workbook) remains safe and sound and usable.

Create An Empty New Workbook File

When you start Excel, it automatically creates a new (empty) Excel workbook called Book1.  If you're starting a new project from scratch, you can use this blank workbook.

You can create another blank Excel workbook in any of the following three ways:

Click the New button on the Standard toolbar.
  Excel Workbook: New button New button
Press CTRL + N on the keyboard.
Choose FileNew from the menu bar.
  Click the Blank Workbook icon from the Task Pane to the left of the window.

Any of these methods creates a blank default workbook. 

Open A Workbook File

If you have a workbook file already created that you want to open, Excel makes this task easy for you.

To open an existing Excel workbook file, follow these steps:

1. Choose FileOpen from the menu bar, to access the Open dialog box.
Excel Workbook: Open dialog box
  You can also click the Open button on the Standard toolbar.
  Excel Workbook: Open button Open button
  Or you can press CTRL + O on the keyboard.
2. Choose the location that contains the file from the Look In drop-down list.
3. Select the workbook file you want to open.
4. Click the Open button or double-click the filename.

Excel Office Helper You can select more than one file in the Open dialog box.

The trick is to hold down the
CTRL key while you click the filenames.

After you select all of the files you want, click
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See also... Save Workbook | Close or Delete Workbook
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