Quick Start: Save a workbook in Excel Starter

When you interrupt your work or quit, you must save your workbook, or you will lose your work. When you save your workbook, the workbook is saved as a file on your computer, where you can open it later to modify it and print it.


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Click Save save button on the Quick Access Toolbar.

(Keyboard shortcut: Press CTRL+S.)

If this workbook was already saved as a file, any changes you made are immediately saved in the workbook, and you can continue working.

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If this is a new workbook that you have not yet saved, type a name for it.


  • If you don't type anything, Excel names the file Book, followed by a number.

  • The following characters cannot be used in a file name:

* (Asterisk)

| (Vertical bar)

\ (Back slash)

? (Question mark)

: (Colon)

>< (Less-than or greater-than sign)

" (Double quotation mark)

  • Excel saves the workbook in a default location. To save the workbook in a different location, click Browse Folders and select another location.

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Click Save.

Next steps

Now that you know the basics of saving a workbook, see the following topic for instructions on how to open a workbook:

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