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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

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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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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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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

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