Introducing Backstage

The Ribbon contains the set of commands for working in a document, while the Microsoft Office Backstage view is the set of commands you use to do things to a document.

Open a document, and click the File tab to see the Backstage view. The Backstage view is where you manage your documents and related data about them — create, save, and send documents, inspect documents for hidden metadata or personal information, set options such as turning on or off AutoComplete suggestions, and more.

 Tip   To quickly return to your document from the Backstage view, click the Home tab, or press ESC on your keyboard.

The File tab replaces the Microsoft Office Button Button image and the File menu used in earlier releases of Microsoft Office.

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Where is the File tab located?

The File tab is located in the upper-left corner of Microsoft Office 2010 programs.

Arrow pointing to File tab in Word

 Tip   To quickly return to your document from Backstage view, click the Home tab, or press ESC on your keyboard.

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What do I see when I click the File tab?

When you click the File tab, you see many of the same basic commands that you saw when you clicked the Microsoft Office Button Button image or on the File menu in earlier releases of Microsoft Office. You'll find Open, Save, and Print, as well as a new Backstage view tab called Save & Send, which offers multiple options for sharing and sending documents.

Commands available after click the File tab in Word

 Tip   To quickly return to your document from Backstage view, click the Home tab, or press ESC on your keyboard.

The Info tab

The Info tab displays different commands, properties, and metadata depending on the state of the document and where it is stored. Commands on the Info tab can include Check In, Check Out, and Permissions.

Commands in the Backstage view are highlighted depending on how important it is for the user to notice and interact with the commands. For example, Permissions on the Info tab is highlighted in red when permissions set on the document might limit editing.

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Applies to:
Word 2010