How to Open Backstage View in Excel

Last Updated: October 26, 2023

- Written by Puneet

When you open Excel, it shows you an opening window called the Backstage view. It is the first view you get when you open Excel.


You can see in the above screenshot that this window has the option to start working in Excel. But it’s called backstage view because it starts at the back when you work in Excel. And to open it while working, you need to click on the File Tab on your Excel Window.


Simply put, this view of Excel stays at the back, and you need to go to it from the File tab. You also have a backstage idea of Excel on Mac when you open it.


And if you want to open it back, you need to go to File New.


Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are working in Excel and you want to open the backstage view, you can use the keyboard shortcut:

Alt + F

Option Available on Backstage View

There are some essential options available on it:

  • New: To create a new workbook.
  • Open: To open an already saved workbook.
  • More: To open the Excel Options and Account Information.

The above option will remain even if you haven’t opened a workbook. But once you open the workbook, you will get more options.


You can open a new blank workbook at the top of the window. You can also use some predefined templates that are available in Excel.


At the bottom of the window, you have a list of recently used workbooks and a search bar to search for the workbooks.


You can also pin a workbook you like using more often than others. Then, it lets you open it with a single click from the Pinned list.


When you click on the “Open” option, you get more options to locate a file to open.


Close the Backstage View

If you haven’t opened a file, you must open a workbook to avoid the backstage view. Then, and you already have a workbook open, you need to press the escape key or click the back button.