In this the very first lesson in the course we're going to start Excel and open a new blank workbook.
Excel 2013 is available for two operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 8. There may even be a Windows 9 or a Windows 10 by the time you watch this video. Very few users of Windows 7 will have any difficulty opening Excel, but Windows 8 can cause some confusion.
The Windows 8 screen you're looking at now has just been installed on this computer. As you can see the Excel 2013 tile is nowhere to be seen, so I'm going to start typing on the keyboard EXC, and you can see that, on my computer at least, an Excel 2013 program icon has appeared. On your own computer you might have to type a few more letters or even some other numbers.
If you don't see the Excel 2013 program icon that's because Excel 2013 hasn't been installed on your computer yet.
But assuming that you do see the program icon I'm now going to add it as a tile to the main screen, to do that I point to the icon with the mouse and then right click. I'm then going to click Pin to Start from the Shortcut Menu.
Now nothing seems to have happened but we actually have added an Excel 2013 tile to the screen.
I'm now going to click on a blank area of the main screen and you still can't see Excel 2013. That's because it's over to the right hand side out of view. So I'll point to the Scroll Bar at the bottom of the screen and click with the left mouse button and drag to the right, and there's the Excel 2013 tile.
I'm now going to drag that tile to the left hand side of the screen. So I click and hold the left mouse button on the Excel 2013 tile and then drag it to the left hand side.
I'm now going to drop it right here on the left hand top corner. When I need to open Excel in the future, all I'll have to do now is to click on my new tile.
So I'll click on my new tile now to open Excel 2013. I point to the tile and click with the left mouse button.
From now on I'll simply use the term Click when I mean left click because the left button is the button you'll use most of the time. I'll only say right click when you need to click the lesser used right mouse button.
Now that Excel 2013 has started, Excel needs to know whether you want to create a new workbook or whether you want to open a workbook that was created earlier.
When creating a new workbook, Excel also offers to give you a flying start by using a template. Templates are sample workbooks that you can adapt and modify for your own needs. The idea is very good but in reality templates are not usually a good choice as it can take longer to adapt them to your true needs than to design from scratch.
You'll be learning a lot more about templates in Session 3 when you'll create your own custom templates that are very useful indeed.
But for now we're simply going to create a blank workbook. So I click on the blank workbook template and Excel opens a blank workbook for me. Let's keep this workbook open for the next lesson.
And you've now completed Lesson 1-1 Start Excel and Open a New Blank Workbook.