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 are having trouble finding the icon, swipe from right to left to see more tiles.
However, if you can’t find the icon or shortcut you are looking for, here are some other ways you can start an Office application in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT:
From All apps
To find an icon 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.
To find an icon 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
To find an icon with touch, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Type the Office application name and tap the icon in the results on the left.
To find an icon 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 the icon 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 pin shortcuts:
To create a shortcut with touch, find the Office application tile on the Start screen and swipe down the tile to select it. Tap Pin to taskbar.
To create a shortcut 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.