Open an Existing Workbook | Close a Workbook | Create a New Workbook

A workbook is another word for your Excel file. Excel automatically creates a blank workbook when you open it.

Open an Existing Workbook

To open a workbook you've created in the past, execute the following steps.

1. Click on the green File tab.

Click on the File tab

What you see next is called the backstage view and it contains all the workbook related commands.

2. Recent shows you a list of your recently used workbooks. You can quickly open a workbook from here.

Backstage View

3. Click Open to open a workbook that is not on the list.

Close a Workbook

If you are new to Excel, it's good to know the difference between closing a workbook and closing Excel. This can be confusing in the beginning.

1. To close an Excel workbook, click the lower X.

Close Excel Workbook

2. If you have multiple workbooks open, clicking the upper right X closes the active workbook. If you have one workbook open, clicking the upper right X closes Excel.

Create a New Workbook

Although Excel creates a blank workbook when you open it, sometimes you want to start all over again.

1. To create a new workbook, click New and then click Create.

Create a New Workbook

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