Getting Started with Excel

This Excel 2010 tutorial includes everything you need to know to get started with Microsoft Excel.

Backstage view

Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening a file, printing, and sharing your document. It is similar to the Microsoft Office button menu from Excel 2007 and the File menu from earlier versions of Excel. However, instead of just a menu it's a full-page view, which makes it easier to work with.

To get to Backstage view:

  1. On the Ribbon, click the File tab.
    Backstage view Backstage view
  2. Choose your desired option, or return to your workbook by clicking any tab on the Ribbon.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different things you can do in Backstage view.

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Here, you can change various Excel options. For example, you can control the spelling and grammar check settings, AutoRecover settings, and Language preferences.


From here, you can access Microsoft Office Help or check for updates.

Save & Send

Save & Send makes it easy to email your workbook, post it online, or change the file format.


From the Print pane, you can change the print settings and print your workbook. You can also see a preview of your workbook.


From here, you can create a new blank workbook, or you can choose from a large selection of templates.

Save, Save As, Open, and Close

Familiar tasks such as Save, Save As, Open, and Close are now found in Backstage view.


Info contains information about the current workbook. You can also inspect and edit its permissions.


For convenience, recent workbooks will appear here.