Getting to Know Word

Get Microsoft Office help using the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Backstage view to produce documents in MS Word 2013.

Backstage view

Backstage view gives you various options for saving, opening a file, printing, and sharing your document.

To access Backstage view:

  1. Click the File tab on the Ribbon. Backstage view will appear.

    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the File tab

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using Backstage view.

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


From the Account pane, you can access your Microsoft account information, modify your theme and background, and sign out of your account.


You can choose to export your document in another format, such as PDF/XPS.


From here, you can invite people connected to OneDrive to view and collaborate on your document. You can also share your document by emailing it, presenting it online, or posting it to your blog.


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

Save and Save As

Use Save and Save As to save your document to your computer or to your OneDrive.


From here, you can open recent documents, as well as documents saved to your OneDrive or on your computer.


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


The information pane will appear whenever you access Backstage view.

It contains information on the current document. You can also inspect the document and set protection controls.

Return to Word

You can use the arrow to close Backstage view and return to Word.


Click here to close the current document.