Create, Open, and Save Workbooks

Use the Excel XP new workbook or Excel XP new worksheet feature to create new files, insert and delete text, and navigate an Excel XP worksheet.

Understanding file terms

The File menu contains all of the operations we'll discuss in this lesson: New, Open, Close, Save, and Save As.

The File Menu


This is used to create a new workbook.


This is used to open an existing file from a floppy disk or hard drive of your computer.


This is used to close a spreadsheet.

Save As

This is used when you're saving a new file for the first time or saving an existing file with a different name.


This is used to save a file that has had changes made to it. If you close the workbook without saving, any changes made will be lost.