Navigate between windows in Excel workbooks

When you're working with Microsoft Excel, it's common to have two or more workbooks open at once. Learn a handful of basic ways to efficiently navigate between workbooks.

Do you frequently open and work in two or more Microsoft Excel workbooks simultaneously? If so, here are a few basic ways to efficiently navigate between workbooks.

  • Open Excel's Window menu, and either type the number corresponding to the workbook you want to view, or click the workbook's name.
  • Press [Ctrl][F6] or [Ctrl][Tab]: Each time you press either one of these key combinations, Excel will switch to the next open workbook.
  • Press [Alt][Tab]: This causes Windows to display a set of icons corresponding to all open applications, not just your Excel workbooks. Hold the [Alt] key, and press [Tab] to cycle between icons. As you access the Excel icons, Windows will display the name of that workbook. When you find the one you want, release the [Alt] key to display it.
  • Click the appropriate item in the Windows taskbar. By default, Excel displays a separate taskbar item for each open Excel window.

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