Office 2013 introduced many changes to the backstage. In this blog post we will see how Office 2013 backstage can be customized using the backstage XML. The list of idMso’s for Office 2013 can be downloaded from: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36798.

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Let’s get started with the idMso(s) of the common commands in Office 2013:

Now, let’s have a look at some of the common backstage customization scenarios and the XML used:

Adding a custom task in the “Open” tab

To achieve the above, following XML can be used:

<tab idMso="TabRecent">
<firstColumn>
<taskFormGroup idMso="GroupOpenPlaces">
<category idMso="ButtonCategoryRecentDocuments">
<task id="myTaskFirst" insertAfterMso="ButtonTaskRecentDocuments" label="Custom Task">
<group id="myGroup" label="Custom functionality" helperText="This group contains custom functionality.">
                <primaryItem>
                                <button id="myButton" label="My Button" onAction="CallMe"/>
                </primaryItem>
</group>
</task>
</category>
</taskFormGroup>
</firstColumn>
</tab>

Adding custom task in “Save As” tab

 

Below XML can be used to add custom task in the “Save As” tab:

<tab idMso="TabSave">
<firstColumn>
<taskFormGroup idMso="SaveGroup">
<category idMso="Save">
<task id="myCustomTask" label="My Custom Task" insertAfterMso="ButtonTaskDynamicServiceProvider">
                <group id="myGroupInTabSave" label="Custom functionality" helperText="This group contains custom functionality.">
                                <primaryItem>
                                                <button id="myButton" label="My Button" onAction="CallMe" />
                                </primaryItem>
                </group>
</task>
</category>
</taskFormGroup>
</firstColumn>
</tab>

Adding a button under the existing task in the “Export” tab:

 Use the below XML to achieve the above:

<tab idMso="TabPublish" enabled="true">
    <firstColumn>
        <taskFormGroup idMso="PublishGroup">
            <category idMso="FileTypes">
               <task idMso="FileSaveAsPdfOrXps">
                   <group id="grpMy" insertAfterMso="GroupFileSave" label="Custom functionality" helperText="This group contains the custom functionality.">
                       <primaryItem>
                           <button id="myButtonExport" label="Custom Export Button" />
                       </primaryItem>
                  </group>
              </task>
           </category>
       </taskFormGroup>
    </firstColumn>
</tab>

 Adding a custom button under the Info tab

  

And following is the XML used:

<tab idMso="TabInfo">
                <firstColumn>
                                <group id="TestGrp" label="Custom functionality"  insertBeforeMso="GroupPermissions" helperText="This group contains the custom functionality.">
                                                <primaryItem>
                                                <button id="MyCustomButton" label="My Button" />
                                                </primaryItem>
                                </group>
                </firstColumn>
</tab>

Adding a custom task under share tab and hiding the “Email” and “Post to Blog” tasks

Following is the XML:

<tab idMso="TabShare">
                <firstColumn>
                                <taskFormGroup idMso="GroupShare">
                                                <category idMso="Share">
                                                                <task idMso="SendUsingEmail" visible="false" />
                                                                <task idMso="FileNewBlogPost" visible="false" />
                                                                <task id="myTask" insertBeforeMso="ShareWithPeople" label="Custom task">
                                                                                <group id="MyGrpInTabShare" label="Custom functionality" helperText="This group contains the custom functionality.">
                                                                                                <primaryItem>
                                                                                                                <button id="MyButtonInTabShare" label="Custom Button" />
                                                                                                </primaryItem>
                                                                                </group>
                                                                </task>
                                                </category>
                                </taskFormGroup>
                </firstColumn>
</tab>