Create Office files

Create, save, and open files

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Creating, opening, and saving files works the same way across Office apps.

Create a file

  1. Open the Office app.

  2. Select a template.

    If you're already in an app, select File > New to see the templates.

Save a file

  1. Select Save [Untitled] .

    Or select File > Save As.

  2. Select where you want to save the file.

    You can save to your computer, OneDrive, or another location. Save your files to OneDrive if you'd like to get to them anywhere - on your computer, tablet, or phone.

  3. Enter a meaningful, descriptive file name.

  4. Select Save.

Open a file

Do one of the following:

  • Open File Explorer and double-click the file, or right-click the file and select Open.

  • Open the Office app you created the file in, and select the file from the Recent list.

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Creating, opening, and saving files works the same way across Office apps.

To create a file, just open an Office app and select a blank document, or one of the many Office templates.

Then add some information and save your file. 

You can choose to save it on your computer.

Or save it in the cloud with OneDrive, to share and collaborate with others, and get to your files from anywhere – on your computer, tablet, or phone.

After you save your file, you can open it in File Explorer or within the Office app, in the Recent list.

And with the Office mobile apps on your phone or tablet, you can even create, open, and save files on the go.

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