New Workbooks and Excel Templates

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New Workbooks and Excel Templates

New Workbooks and Excel Templates

When creating a new Microsoft Excel workbook, you can choose between creating a blank workbook or creating your workbook from an existing template.

Creating a New Blank Workbook

To create a new blank workbook:

  1. From the FILE menu, select New:File New
  2. Click (double-click in Excel 2010) Blank workbook: New Blank Workbook

Creating a New Workbook from a Template

A template is a predesigned Excel workbook that you can then change to suit your needs. When you create a new workbook from a template, you are creating a copy of the original template.

To create a new workbook from a template:

  1. From the FILE menu, select New:File New
  2. In the Search box, search a template category and press Enter. Search Template
  3. Click a template, and to download it, click Create. Create Template

If you are using Excel 2010, you will follow step 1, and then double click a template category, select a template to view it, and select Download to download it.

Once you've downloaded a template, it is stored in the My Templates location on your computer.

Modifying a Template

You can modify an Excel template:

  1. Select the FILE menu, and select New.
  2. Select a template from the list and click Create.
  3. Make the desired changes to the template.
  4. Save the template with a new name. It will by default be saved in the Templates folder.
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