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.

Saving a workbook

Every workbook created in Excel must be saved and assigned a name to distinguish it from other workbooks. The first time you save a workbook, Excel will prompt you to assign a name through the Save As operation. Once the file is assigned a name, any additional changes made to the text, numbers, or formulas must be saved using the Save operation.

To save a new workbook:

  • Choose FileSave As from the menu bar.

    File and Save As Menu Selection
  • The Save As dialog box appears.
  • Click the Save In: drop-down menu and locate where the file will be saved. Choose 3 1/2 Floppy (A:) to save the file to a floppy disk or Local Disk (C:) to save the file to your computer.
  • Type a name for your file in the File Name: box.
  • Click the Save button.

    The Save As Dialog Box

To save changes made to an existing workbook:

  • Choose FileSave from the menu bar.
  • Click the Save button Save button on the Standard toolbar.

If you're saving the file for the first time and do not choose a file name, Microsoft Excel will assign a file name for you.

It is a good idea to save frequently when working in a spreadsheet. Losing information is never fun! You can quickly save your spreadsheet by using the quick-key combination Ctrl+S.