Fast Open and Save in Office 2013

A minor annoyance I have in Office 2013 is the file Open and Save experience. You have to go through the following steps to open in a file in a directory on your system:

  1. File –> Open (or Ctrl+O)
  2. Click on Computer
  3. Click on one of the folders in the list
  4. Navigate to the file

Others have complained about this too. In the Office 2013 Preview there was no real workaround other than the one described in this article.

Fortunately you can get around this in the RTM version. In the Options menu, click on the Save tab and check the “Don’t show the Backstage when opening or saving files” checkbox:

Backstage Save Options

Now Ctrl+O and Ctrl+S will take you straight to a file browse dialog. Much better!


Author: natebrix

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14 thoughts on “Fast Open and Save in Office 2013”

  1. Just updated to Office 2013, and the fact that it was taking about 4 or 5 steps just to open a file was driving me crazy. Thanks for this!

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Microsoft must be complete idiots changing this in the first place. All in all, so far Office 2013 is a MAJOR disappointment, but finally getting rid of this is the best thing that has happende to my Win 8 computer since I got rid of the stupid new desktop layout.

  3. I tick the ‘Save to computer by default’ box and leave un-ticked the ‘Don’t show the Backstage when opening or saving files’ in the options|save tab. This has, for me, the benefit of giving the long list of previously opened documents when opening a file but defaults to saving to the computer without giving the backstage when pressing save as…
    Note this works for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and setting it in one application applies the setting to all.

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