Working With Multiple Workbooks

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 18, 2015)

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When you are using Excel, you are not limited to working with a single workbook. You can open as many workbooks as you like, and Excel keeps track of them individually. You can then switch between workbooks by using the Windows menu.

If you have a single workbook open and you choose the Windows menu, you will notice the workbook name at the bottom of the menu. If you have multiple workbooks open, each workbook name is listed at the bottom of the menu and the currently active workbook is indicated by a checkmark to the left of the workbook name. To work with a different workbook, simply select the desired workbook from the menu.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 8 + 7?

2016-08-25 15:29:48

TA Stone

I just did the 2016 upgrade to my Windows 7 system. I am unable to run a macro in one Excel workbook and work in another workbook. Is there a setting with will make the workbooks independent? I open them independently not stacked.


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