For many Office 2007 users (including myself), it took awhile to get accustomed to the idea that the Office button is actually more than a decoration; it replaces the File menu of earlier versions. Office 2010, however, brings back the File tab, which now takes you to “the Backstage view.” Let’s take a look at it in Word 2010.
According to Microsoft, The Backstage view “… is everything that you do to a file that you don’t do in the file.” In essence, the Backstage view hides your current document, and gives you access to file-related activities. The Backstage view for Word 2010 is below:
Some of the tabs in the Backstage view function as they did in previous versions: Save, Save As, Open and Close should be pretty familiar.
Other tabs are new or redesigned.
|Tab||What you’ll find there|
|Info||This is where you go to see document properties, set permissions, convert a document into the Word 2010 format, inspect the document, and manage versions.|
|Recent||Shows you recent documents (up to 50) and recent places. Want to keep a document on your recent documents list? Click the push pin icon next to that document to pin it to you list.|
|New||Shows available templates, and gives you access to Office.com templates.|
Combines the printer dialog with the print preview. Allows you to also print things like document properties or a list of styles used.
|Save & Send||This is where you go to send as an email attachment, publish to a blog, or create a PDF (among other things).|
|Help||Gives you access to various support functions, including finding help and checking for updates.|
|Options||Customize your copy of Word, including customizing the ribbons.|
A nice little added feature is that if you decide to not do anything in the Backstage view, clicking the File tab again will take you back to your document view in whatever tab you were originally in.
While moving from Office 2003 to Office 2007 was a little confusing, I find the new features Microsoft has added Office 2010 to be very intuitive.
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