Quickly Save Files in Office 2013 and Bypass Backstage View

This groovy tip will help you streamline your document and spreadsheet saving process in Office 2013. It only affects new documents, so most people probably won’t even notice this feature.

With the default settings in Office 2013, clicking the save button on a new document takes you to the File >> Save As menu. Also, in most Office 2013 applications the Save and Save As button are exactly the same when working with a new document. You might never even notice this happens unless you are someone who starts a lot of your own documents. And if you are, this “feature” can get annoying, so here is how to disable it.

office 2013 save as menu

Open any Office 2013 app that you want to change the settings in (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, etc.). Then click the File tab.

office 2013 file button

From the File menu click the Options button.
file ribbon options

In Options, click the Save tab and then in the right pane check the box labeled Don’t Show the Backstage When Opening or Saving Files.
Click OK to exit and save changes.

dont show backstage save options

Now when you click the Save button while working on a new document, presentation or spreadsheet, it will open the traditional Save As menu from Windows Explorer.

classic save as menu in office 2013 apps



  1. Dan H

    August 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Is there a setting to fix this for the ‘Save as’ option as well? I got it working for the ‘Save’ option, but it’s still bringing up the Backstage view when I click ‘Save as’.

  2. susan

    May 5, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    My is still showing the backstage as well
    Any fix?

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