Creating and Opening Documents

Get Microsoft Office help creating blank and template MS Word 2016 documents, opening existing documents, and converting files.

To open an existing document:

In addition to creating new documents, you'll often need to open a document that was previously saved. To learn more about saving documents, visit our lesson on Saving and Sharing Documents.

  1. Navigate to Backstage view, then click Open.
    clicking the Open command in Backstage view
  2. Select This PC, then click Browse. Alternatively, you can choose OneDrive to open files stored on your OneDrive.
    selecting Browse to look for a file to open
  3. The Open dialog box will appear. Locate and select your document, then click Open.
    opening an existing file
  4. The selected document will appear.

Most features in Microsoft Office, including Word, are geared toward saving and sharing documents online. This is done with OneDrive, which is an online storage space for your documents and files. If you want to use OneDrive, make sure you’re signed in to Word with your Microsoft account. Review our lesson on Understanding OneDrive to learn more.

    To pin a document:

    If you frequently work with the same document, you can pin it to Backstage view for quick access.

    1. Navigate to Backstage view, click Open, then select Recent.
    2. A list of recently edited documents will appear. Hover the mouse over the document you want to pin, then click the pushpin icon.
      pinning a document
    3. The document will stay in Recent documents list until it is unpinned. To unpin a document, click the pushpin icon again.
      unpinning a document