Excel 2013 Create and Open Workbook Tutorial

Excel 2013 files are called workbooks. Every time you start a new project in Excel, you need to create a new workbook. There are several ways to get started with workbooks in Excel 2013. You can choose to create a new workbook using a blank workbook or a pre-designed template, or open an existing workbook.

Open an existing workbook:
In addition to creating new workbooks, you will often need to open previously saved workbooks. To learn more about saving workbooks, visit our Saving and Sharing Workbooks lesson.

Fixed workbook:
If you frequently use the same workbook, you can pin it to Backstage view for faster access.

Use templates
Templates are pre-designed spreadsheets that you can use to quickly create new workbooks. Templates often contain custom formats and predefined formulas, so they can save you a lot of time and effort when starting a new project.

Compatibility Mode
There may be times when you need to use workbooks that were created in earlier versions of Microsoft Excel, such as Excel 2003 or Excel 2000. When you open these types of workbooks, they appear in compatibility mode.

Compatibility mode disables some features so you can only access commands found in the program used to create the workbook. For example, if you open a workbook created in Excel 2003, you can only use the tabs and commands in Excel 2003.

Convert workbooks:
If you want to access all the features of Excel 2013, you can convert the workbook to the 2013 file format.

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