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In Excel 2013, it now takes 3 or 4 clicks to browse and open a file (File/Open/Computer/Browse). How I do add a shortcut to the top Quick Access Toolbar to take me directly to the "Browse" dialog?

The suggested Open shortcut simply takes you to the open backstage view - I'm hoping to avoid the backstage view altogether.

I can find the equivalent for "Save As", which is to add the shortcut to "Save As Other Formats" (you need to Customize the Quick Access Toolbar and select "All Commands").

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"File->Options->Save" then check "Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files". – Robino Mar 11 '14 at 17:51

Try this:

I can't believe someone thought making the backstage the default for something as simple as opening a file was a good idea. Way to complicate an otherwise simple process.

ETA cliffs notes as per comment below:

Click the File tab, and then click Options.
Click the Save category, and click "Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files"
Click OK to save the settings
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Could you include some of what the link says within the answer in case the blog page goes dead or something. – jonsca Jul 23 '13 at 17:18
Done. Thanks for the reminder. – Ryan Jul 23 '13 at 22:41
I have unchecked "Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files", however when I hit the Open button on the Quick Access Toolbar it still takes me to the backstage. (I don't have other versions of Office installed as mentioned in the article). – PeterX Jul 23 '13 at 23:58

CTRL+F12 gets the job done for me.

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Try Ctrl-O to go to the Open dialog - and F12 to get to the Save As dialog...

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Thanks for the answer, but I'd like to add a shortcut to the top-left Quick Access Toolbar that brings-up the Open File dialog directly. (And CTRL+O only opens the backstage Open view unfortunately). The F12 is quite handy though thanks. – PeterX Feb 26 '13 at 23:27

This is a bit clunky, but if you want to discard the mouse, you can go for: ALT+F > O > C > B. As mentioned above F12 is fastest way to "Save as..."

Once you memorize the combo it takes less than a second.

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But it takes longer than a second to wait for the UI to hurky jerky finally get you into the open (or save) dialog. – ErikE Nov 10 '15 at 23:16

If you go to the excel options -> Save -> you find the option: 'Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files.

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Welcome to Super User! This duplicates another answer and adds no new content. Please don't post an answer unless you actually have something new to contribute. – DavidPostill Jul 5 at 9:50

in the quick access toolbar, at the top left of word/excel/pp, etc, use the arrow drop-down to add the individual shortcut buttons to the toolbar. Then just click the buttons.

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How I do add a shortcut to the top Quick Access Toolbar to take me directly to the "Browse" dialog? – PeterX Jul 19 '15 at 23:42

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