How to open and close Excel application in Windows 10


How to open Excel in Windows 10 using Desktop shortcut

Search for Excel application shortcut icon inside your Windows Desktop and Doubleclick it to open Excel.

If you cannot find an Excel shortcut in your Desktop, create a shortcut in your Desktop by following the steps below.

Search for Excel executable file inside its installation folder in your computer. The Excel executable file can be found inside Microsoft Office installation folder. The default installation location varies depending on which version of Office you are using.

You may search for Excel executable file inside folders similar to ones given below.

Windows 64-bit:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\

Windows 32-bit:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\

After finding Excel executable file, Right click the Excel executable file (EXCEL.EXE) and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut), as shown below.

How to create excel desktop shortcut

A Desktop shortcut to Excel executable file will be created as shown below. You may keep the newly created Desktop shortcut for Excel in your desktop and use it to open Excel application in future.

Excel Desktop shortcut icon

How to open Excel using Windows 10 start menu

To open Excel from Windows start menu, click the Windows icon on left bottom corner of Windows taskbar or press the Windows key on your keyboard. Scroll down to letter "E" to find Excel shortcut in start menu. Click the Excel menu item to open Excel.

Excel open from windows start menu

How to open Excel using Windows 10 search box

Type "excel" in the search box right to Windows start button. Click "Excel" from search results.

Excel open from Windows search box


How to close Excel application using Window controls

Click the close application button on extreme top right corner to close and quit the Excel application, as shown below.


Close Excel application

Excel will prompt you with a dialog box to save any unsaved changes in your Excel Workbook, as shown below.

Save prompt excel


How to close Excel application using "Alt" + "F4" keys

Alternatively, you may press "Alt" + "F4" keys together to close any active window.


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