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Chapter 1. Excel Basics > Opening Excel

1.2. Opening Excel

When you open Excel using the icon or the Start Menu option, the program opens and presents a " blank" workbook. The word blank is emphasized because the workbook is opened based upon the default settings. If you want to overwrite those settings you can create a template called book.xlt . You can find more information about creating templates in Chapter 3.

If you select an existing workbook to open either using the Windows Explorer or My Computer the selected workbook is opened up within Excel. In order to do this, locate the folder that contains the workbook you want to open and double-click on the desired workbook. Again, keep in mind that if Excel is already open the selected workbook is opened although there is really only one instance of Excel running. The program remains open until you close all Excel workbooks.


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