Creating a New File

If you need help opening the new files Office 2003 has available, use this free lesson as your handy guide.

Introduction

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Create a new file in any Office 2003 program

New files

Now that you've learned to open an Office 2003 program, you need to learn about files. A file is a collection of data, or information. When you open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint 2003, you'll notice that a new blank file conveniently appears, ready for you to begin working.

The more you work with Office 2003, the more files you will create.

Creating a new file follows a similar process in most Office 2003 programs.

Important terms:

  • In Word 2003, a file is called a document.
  • In Excel 2003, a file is called a workbook.
  • In PowerPoint 2003, a file is called a presentation.
  • In Access 2003, a file is called a database.
  • In Outlook 2003, a file is called a mail message.

Creating a new file in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2003

There is more than one way to create a new file.

To create a new file using the menu bar:

  • Choose FileNew from the menu bar (Ctrl+N).
  • The New task pane opens on the right side of your screen, presenting several options.
  • Hover your mouse pointer over your choice, then click.

Word 2003's New task pane

To create a new file using the Standard toolbar:

  • Click the New button. New button
  • A new file appears.

Creating a new file in Outlook 2003

Creating new files in Outlook 2003 is slightly different than in other Office 2003 programs.

To create a new file using the menu bar:

  • Choose FileNew from the menu bar (Ctrl+N).
  • A cascading menu appears, presenting several options.
  • Hover your mouse pointer over your choice, then click.

Outlook 2003's cascading new file menu

To create a new file in Outlook 2003 using the Standard toolbar:

  • Click the downward arrow at the right end of the New button. New button
  • A drop-down menu appears, presenting several options.
  • Hover your mouse pointer over your choice, then click.

Outlook 2003's new file button menu

Challenge!

  • Practice creating new files in Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, and Outlook 2003.
  • Close each new file you create.
  • Do not save new files.