How to Close Workbook in Excel Application

In this tutorial, I’ll explore the steps to close a workbook in Excel application, allowing you to effectively manage your active files. Closing a workbook in Microsoft Excel is a basic function when you’re done working on a specific file or need to clean up your workspace. It is important to distinguish between closing a workbook and exiting the entire Excel application, as the latter will close all open workbooks.

Steps to Close a Workbook in Excel:

Open Excel: Launch Microsoft Excel on your computer.

Open or Create Workbook: Open the Excel workbook that you want to close if it’s not already open. Alternatively, you can create a new workbook or work with any existing ones you have open.

Save Your Changes (if necessary): Before closing a workbook, make sure to save any changes you’ve made. If you’ve made changes, Excel will prompt you to save them if you haven’t already.

How to Close Workbook in Excel Application
How to Close Workbook in Excel Application

Navigate to Backstage View: Click on the “File” tab located in the upper left corner of the Excel window. This will take you to Backstage View, where you can access various file-related options.

Choose “Close”: In Backstage View, select the “Close” option from the list on the left. This will initiate the process of closing the active workbook.

Confirm if Necessary: Depending on whether you’ve made changes to the workbook that haven’t been saved, Excel might prompt you to save those changes before closing. If prompted, choose whether to save, discard, or review your changes.

Workbook is Closed: After confirming your choices, the selected workbook will be closed, and you’ll return to the Excel application with any other open workbooks still accessible.

By following these steps, you can effectively close a specific workbook in Microsoft Excel while keeping the application itself open. This allows you to continue working on other open workbooks or start a new one without exiting Excel entirely.

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