When you open Excel 2013 for the first time, the Excel Start Screen will appear. From here, you'll be able
to create a new workbook, choose a template, and access your recently edited workbooks.
1. From the Excel Start Screen, locate and select Blank workbook to access the Excel interface.
2. Click Open Other Workbooks to work on an existing workbook
To set up Excel so it automatically opens a new workbook
1. Click File then Options.
2. On the General tab, under Start up options, uncheck the Show the Start screen when this
application starts box.
3. The next time you start Excel, it opens a blank workbook automatically similar to older versions of
2.1. The Excel Interface
After starting Excel, you will see two windows - one within the other. The outer window is the Application
Window and the inner window is the Workbook Window. When maximized, the Excel Workbook Window
blends in with the Application Window.
After completing this module, you should be able to:
Identify the components of the Application Window.
Identify the components of the Workbook Window.
2.1.1. The Application Window
The Application Window provides the space for your worksheets and workbook elements such as charts.
The components of the Application Window are described below.
The Quick Access Toolbar
The Quick Access Toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected.
By default, it includes the Save, Undo, and Repeat commands. You can add other commands depending
on your preference.
To add commands to the Quick Access toolbar
1. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar.
2. Select the command you wish to add from the drop-down menu. To choose from more commands,
select More Commands.
3. The command will be added to the Quick Access toolbar.