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Opening an Existing Workbook

If you have a workbook that you have already been working on, you can open it from Excel.

You can do so in three ways;

  • Click Office Button > Open
  • Click the Open button (if it has been added to the Quick Access Toolbar)Open icon
  • Press Ctrl + O

The Open dialogue box will appear. Navigate to the location of the saved workbook using either the Look in list at the top or the shortcuts on the left, select the workbook and click Open.

Opening an Excel workbook

If the workbook you are looking for was used recently, it can be opened by clicking the Office Button and selecting it from the list of recent documents.

Open recent Excel files

If the opened workbook was saved as a 97-2003 workbook, [Compatibility Mode] will appear in the Title Bar. Although using Excel 2007, compatibility mode tells you that not all the new Excel 2007 features are available for use, unless the workbook is saved under the new file format.

Compatibility mode displayed on the Title Bar

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