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Creating Workbooks from Scratch

If you can find a template that perfectly suits your needs, use it. However, if you're a diehard do-it-yourselfer or if you have a custom workbook in mind, you might prefer (or need) to create a workbook from scratch. In such a case, you open a blank workbook and type the labels, values, dates, formulas, and functions yourself, as explained in Part 2, "Creating Your First Worksheet."

Whenever you start Excel, it automatically opens a blank workbook, so you can start creating a workbook immediately. You can also create a new, blank workbook at any time by using the File, New command. Whenever you need a blank workbook, take the following steps to create it:

  1. Open Excel's File menu and choose New. The New Workbook task pane appears.

  2. Under New, click Blank Workbook, as shown in Figure 3.5. Excel creates a new blank workbook, named Book#, where # is the next workbook number. (When Excel starts, it opens Book1. If you create a second blank workbook, it is named Book2. A third is named Book3, and so on.)

Figure 3.5Figure 3.5 You can start a workbook from scratch by creating a blank workbook.

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