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Part 1. Using Common Office Features > Task 6 How to Start a New File

Task 6 How to Start a New File

When you installed Office, two new items were added to the top of the Start menu. One is the New Office Document command. When you select this feature, the New Office Document dialog box opens. Here you can select the type of file you want to create (a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet, a PowerPoint slide, an Access database, and so on). You can also open new files within each Office program (with the exception of Outlook). Use the program window's File menu to start a new file based on a template, a prebuilt file that contains a layout and formatting. Use the New button on the Standard toolbar or the new file links on the task pane to open new, default documents.

  1. Select New Office Document

    One way to create a new file is with the New Office Document command. Click the Start menu and choose New Office Document. The New Office Document dialog box opens.


  2. Select a File Type

    Use the tabs at the top of the dialog box to locate the type of template for the new file. (Click a tab to display its templates.) Then double-click to open both the program window and the new file. The file type you select opens into the appropriate program window. Note that there are no templates for Outlook.


  3. Open New Files Within Programs

    You can also start new files from within an open program. To open a file based on a template, choose File, New. The New Document task pane opens.


  4. Use the New Document Pane

    In the New Document task pane, click the link for the type of new file you want to create. A new file immediately opens in your program window.


  5. Use the New Button

    You can also click the New button on the Standard toolbar to open a new file. In Word and Excel, a new file based on the default template opens immediately. In PowerPoint, a new slide opens. In Access, the New File task pane opens, from which you can choose a new file type.



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