Getting Started with Word

Get Microsoft Office help using the Ribbon and new Backstage view to produce documents in MS Word 2010.

Backstage view

Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening, printing, and sharing your files. It's similar to the Microsoft Office button menu from Word 2007 and the File menu from earlier versions of Word. 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. Click the File tab.
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  2. You can choose an option on the left side of the page.
  3. To get back to your document, click any tab on the Ribbon.

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


For convenience, recent documents will appear here.


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

Save, Save As, Open and Close

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


Here, you can change various Word 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 document, post it on the Web, or change the file format.


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


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