Don’t Show the Backstage when opening or saving files in Office 2013

If you have Office 2013, you no doubt have experienced a delay with opening and saving documents. That is because the backstage view appears and gives you many options. My assumption is that this allowed a view/ exposure to drive curiosity to the OneDrive account. I’m in favor of saving to the cloud, but I also want to be able to use my Control + O to open documents from the normal open dialog box with files on my computer. I found a handy solution to this this in the Options. Get to options from Excel, Word or PowerPoint by clicking the File tab, then click options. Click the Save category then check “Don’t show the backstage when opening or savings files.” And if I want to save to the cloud using my OneDrive account then I’ll happily click File–>Save As–>OneDrive.

Word backstage save and open


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3 Responses to Don’t Show the Backstage when opening or saving files in Office 2013

  1. Kenny says:

    Oh my God. I think I love you. Never knew about this and hated the extra clicks or having to use the mouse at all

  2. Kenny says:

    I didn’t even know what a Backstage was … which led me here!

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