The Backstage View (FILE Menu)

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The Backstage View (FILE Menu)

The Backstage View (FILE Menu)

At the upper-left corner of the Ribbon, you will see the FILE menu. This was a feature new to Outlook 2010, so it is not available in versions previous to 2010. Selecting FILE will bring you to the Backstage view, where you can manage your Outlook account, as well as print items, get help, and alter your Outlook settings.

The Info Tab

You can use the Info tab in the Backstage view to:

  1. Manage your account settings.
  2. Clean up your mailbox.
  3. Manage rules and alerts.

Set Outlook Options

You can configure Outlook options using the Info tab in Backstage view.

  1. In Info, select Account Settings, and then select Account Settings again.
  2. On the E-mail tab, double-click an email account to set options.
  3. In the Change Account dialog box, you can change your user name, change your password, and so on.

The Open & Export Tab

The Open & Export tab contains options to (this is the Open tab in Outlook 2010):

  1. Open calendar and data files.
  2. Import and export files, settings, and RSS feeds into Outlook.
  3. Open a folder shared by another user.

The Save As Tab

Use the Save As tab to open the Save As dialog box, to save a file.

The Print Tab

Use the Print tab to:

  1. Select a printer and print options
  2. Set print options.
  3. Set print settings.
  4. Preview the item you are printing.

Please note that there is no FILE menu or Backstage view in Outlook 2007.

Office Account

Click Office Account to log in to your Skydrive account and see a list of connected services. This tab is new to Outlook 2013.


Clicking Options in the Backstage view launches the Outlook Options dialog box. You can use this dialog box to customize Outlook, including:

  1. Setting mail options.
  2. Setting calendar options.
  3. Setting language preferences.
  4. Managing add-ins.
  5. Personalizing your copy of Office.