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Working with the Backstage View
Working with the Backstage View
Perhaps one of the most significant new features in Excel 2010 is the Backstage View. I’m not
sure why they use that name for it, but it’s the window that you see when you click the File tab.
Basically, the Backstage View is where you go when you want to do something with your
workbook: save it, print it, convert it to a PDF file, share it with others, or just check it for some basic
information. Commands you issue in the Backstage View generally don’t affect the content of
your document.
In the Backstage View, the commands are arranged along the left side. Click a command and the
window changes. Figure 28-1 shows the Backstage View when the Info command is selected
(which is the default, when you click the File tab).
Figure 28-1: The Info view in the Backstage View.
There’s a lot more that meets the eye. For example, each of those square boxes contains
additional commands. I could list every possible thing that you can do in Backstage View, but that
would be some very dull reading. The best way to get familiar with this view is to do some
clicking and see what you find.
To get out of Backstage View, just click any Ribbon tab along the top. Contrary to what you
might think, clicking the Exit command at the bottom of the command list does not exit
Backstage View — it closes Excel.
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