So far, every example worksheet in this book has started from scratch, with nothing more than Excel's empty grid of cells. This approach is a great way to learn the nuts-and-bolts of how Excel works, but it's not always necessary. In many cases, you can find a template that matches the worksheet you want to create. If so, you'll save yourself a good deal of formatting and formula-writing work.
To use a template, begin by selecting File→New. Excel switches to backstage view, as shown in Figure 16-1. But here's the trick: instead of creating an ordinary, blank workbook (by choosing "Blank workbook", and then clicking Create), you click one of the other options to begin hunting for a suitable template.
Here are your choices:
"Recent templates" shows a list of templates you've used recently. This gives you a handy way to jump straight to your favorite template. But at first this list is empty, because you haven't used any templates.
Figure 16-1. Using Excel's backstage view, you can create a new, empty workbook or create a workbook based on a template.
"Sample templates" shows a small set of templates that come with Excel. This category has very few templates to choose from, but you'll find classics like Expense Report and Personal Monthly Budget.
"My templates" lets you choose from one of the custom templates that you've created and saved on your computer, ...