How To Delete a Workbook

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Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program released as part of Microsoft Office, a productivity software package. The files saved by Excel are known as Excel Workbooks, and may end in a .xls or .xlsx file extension. Excel workbooks can contain large amounts of data, which may use up valuable hard drive space.

Things You'll Need

  • MS Excel

Delete Files in Windows Explorer

  • Right-click on "Start," select "Explore" and then browse your computer for the Excel workbook you want to delete.

  • Right-click on the workbook and select "Delete," and confirm that you want to move the file to the Recycle Bin.

  • Right-click on the recycle bin, select "Empty Recycle Bin" and click "Yes."

Delete Workbooks In Excel

  • In Excel 2007, click on the Microsoft Office Button and click "Open." In Excel 2003 and earlier versions, click the "File" drop-down menu, and click "Open."

  • Locate the workbook you wish to delete, right-click on it and select "Delete."

  • Right-click on the Recycle Bin, select "Empty Recycle Bin" and click "Yes."

Delete Information In a Workbook

  • Open Excel 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button. In Excel 2003 and earlier versions, click the "File" drop-down menu. Select "Open," choose the workbook containing information you want to delete and click "Open."

  • Right-click on any worksheet tab listed along the bottom of the workbook, select "Delete" and then click "Delete" to eliminate the worksheet and all the data it contains. This step can be used to delete all worksheets except for one (you cannot have zero worksheets.

  • Click on the space above row 1 and to the left of column A in the upper left hand corner of any worksheet to select all the data in the worksheet, and then press "Delete" to remove all the data in the sheet.

  • Click the Microsoft Office Button, and click "Save" to save any changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you delete a file that is not contained on your main hard drive, it will be deleted completely instead of being moved to the Recycle Bin.

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