The Microsoft Manual of Style: The User Interface

  • 1/15/2012

Backstage view

Although the term Backstage view does not appear in the user interface, writers use it to refer to the page that a user sees upon clicking the File tab of any Microsoft Office 2010 program. The Backstage view, which is part of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface, exposes information and metadata about the currently active document, lists recently opened documents and network places, and provides a variety of user options, such as opening, saving, printing, and versioning.

How to refer to Backstage view

Use the following guidelines to refer to Backstage view.

  • On first mention, precede Backstage + descriptor with Microsoft Office, and use the appropriate trademark symbols for printed content. The descriptor that follows Backstage is usually view.

    Example: Microsoft® Office Backstage® view

  • On subsequent mentions, you may omit Microsoft Office but you may not omit the descriptor. The only exception to this rule is if space is limited.

  • Always capitalize Backstage.

  • Always follow Backstage with a descriptor to explain what it is and what it works with. In most cases, the descriptor is the word view. Use Backstage only as an adjective; do not use Backstage as a noun, verb, or an adverb.

  • In printed material, apply the trademark on first mention. Because it is trademarked, Backstage is not localized. However, the word view can be localized.

  • It is acceptable, but not required, to precede Backstage view with the definite article the.

  • In procedures, treat items in the Backstage view, such as tab names, headings, and button labels in accordance with the Microsoft Manual of Style guidelines.

  • The items on the side of the Backstage view, such as Info, Recent, New, and Print, are called tabs.

  • Do not refer to the Backstage view as “the outspace.”

  • Do not refer to sections of the Backstage view as slabs, billboards, hero buttons, forms, panes, or windows except in content for software developers (if these terms appear in code samples or in content that documents these controls).

  • Do not refer to the Backstage view as new.

  • Do not apply a version number to the Backstage view.

Microsoft style

The Backstage view is where you manage your documents and related data about them.

Click the File tab. The Microsoft Office Backstage view appears.

After you create your document, go to the Backstage view to print it.

Not Microsoft style

After you create your document, go Backstage to print it.

The Office Backstage lets you inspect your document before you share it with others.

Clicking the File tab opens the Backstage.

The Office 2010 Backstage view lets you open previous versions of the active document.