Office applications like Excel or Word have tiles pinned to the Start screen by default. To start the application, tap or click the tile. If you can’t see it, swipe from right to left to see more tiles.
Here are some other ways you can start an Office application in Windows 8 or Windows RT:
From All apps
With touch, swipe up from the bottom edge or down from the top edge and then tap All apps. To start the Office application, find and tap its tile.
With a mouse, right-click an empty area of the Start screen and click All apps. To start the Office application, find and click its tile.
From the Search charm
With touch, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Type the Office application name and tap it in the results on the left.
With a mouse, move your pointer to the upper-right or lower-right corner, and then click Search. Type the Office application name and click it in the results on the left.
From the taskbar on the Desktop
If you don’t want to switch between the Start screen and the Desktop to start Office applications, you can pin shortcuts to your taskbar. To do this:
With touch, find the Office application tile on the Start screen and swipe down the tile to select it. Tap Pin to taskbar.
With a mouse, right-click the Office application tile, and then click Pin to taskbar.
An icon for the application should now appear in the taskbar on the Desktop.
Important For user accounts that are created after Office has been installed, you will need to find and pin Office to the taskbar.
For more help see: Application is not shown on the Start screen after switching to another user.