Office 2000 Basics: New File

Lesson 6: New File



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Create a new file in any Office 2000 application

New files

The key components of Office 2000 are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. We will focus on these four applications throughout the Office 2000 skill sets.

Check this outCreating a new file follows a similar process in most Office applications.

  • In Word, a file is called a document.
  • In Excel, a file is called a spreadsheet.
  • In PowerPoint, a file is called a presentation.
  • In Access, a file is called a database.

Creating a new file

To create a new file:

  • Choose File menuactionNew from the menu bar (Ctrl+N).
  • The New dialog box appears.
  • Click the General tab.
  • Click the Blank Document icon.
  • Click OK.

New dialog box.

Or use the toolbar:

Important pointClick the New Blank Document button New file button. on the Standard toolbar.

Toolbarwith new file button labeled

Creating a new file

When you start Microsoft Word 2000 or Excel 2000, it automatically creates a new document or spreadsheet, ready for you to start working.

Documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and databases are preformatted. These predetermined settings are called default settings.

When you start Microsoft PowerPoint or Access, a New Presentation or New Database dialog box pops up.

New Access database dialog box.

New powerpoint presentation dialog box.

Important pointFor now, click Cancel. This topic will be covered in more detail in PowerPoint 2000 and Access 2000 tutorials.

Important pointProceed using any of the two methods described on the previous page.


  • Open Word. Observe the blank document it automatically provides.
  • Open Excel. Observe the blank spreadsheet it automatically provides.
  • Open PowerPoint. In the New Presentation dialog box, Click Cancel. Create a New Presentation using one of the three methods taught in this lesson.
  • Open Access. In the New Database dialog box, Click Cancel. Create a New Database using one of the three methods taught in this lesson.