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Microsoft Office Tip: How to Show or Hide the Ribbon

In Microsoft Office, there is a ribbon menu that has several tabs that house the commands you can use to work on a particular document.

Microsoft Office Tip: How to Show or Hide the Ribbon

In Microsoft Office, there is a ribbon menu that has several tabs that house the commands you can use to work on a particular document. The Microsoft Word ribbon is a User Interface element that is located at the top of your document. The ribbon provides access to most of Microsoft Word’s tools, which Microsoft calls Commands. There are ribbon tabs that break up the commands into different sections and groups.

The default ribbon layout in Microsoft Word includes the most frequently used or needed commands, and they will be organized in groups. The apps will allow you to tailor your experience so your workflow can be improved. You can make changes to the current tabs and groups. You can also create custom tabs with the commands you need to use.

While the default categories may have made perfect sense when they were being implemented, the default categories may not be suitable for everyone. With just a few clicks of your mouse or with just a few button clicks, the ribbon editor can be used to make adjustments to which tabs you see on the ribbon. The ribbon editor can also be used to create a tab with the tools you use the most. This can be a game-changer for your productivity and efficiency.

Let’s take a deep dive into how you can show or hide the ribbon in Microsoft Word.

Controlling the Ribbon Menu in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word lets you show the ribbon menu for better access to Settings, or you can hide the ribbon to make some room to work inside a document or remove any excess to make sure you are productive and efficient. You can even reset the ribbon settings so they can go back to their defaults.

When you want to hide the ribbon to create more space in Microsoft Word, follow these steps:

  • Open Microsoft Word.
  • Click the Collapse the Ribbon button.
  • Use the Ctrl + F1 combination to hide the ribbon menu.
  • Double-click any tab so the hide option will be shown.
  • Choose the Collapse the Ribbon option after right-clicking the ribbon.

When you want to show the ribbon in Microsoft Word, follow these steps:

  • Click any tab to open the menu in Microsoft Word.
  • Click Pin the Ribbon.
  • Use the Ctrl + F1 combination to show the menu.
  • Double-click any tab on the ribbon.
  • Right-click the ribbon and choose the Collapse the Ribbon option.

Auto Hide Ribbon

Not only can you choose to show or hide the Ribbon menu, but you can also automatically hide the ribbon. To Auto-hide the ribbon, click on the arrow button next to the minimize icon and choose the Auto-hide Ribbon option.

Unless you plan to use it often, using the Auto-hide Ribbon option might be taking things a little too far because you can easily forget that you have enabled it. If you choose Show Tabs, you’ll be granted more vertical space.

Reset the Ribbon in Microsoft Word

If your Microsoft Word ribbon tabs have disappeared or you are having problems with some of the tabs, did you know that you can reset them using the options menu? When you want to reset the ribbon in Microsoft Word, click File on the ribbon menu, or use the Ctrl + F3 combination. Next, click Options that can be found at the bottom of your screen. If you want to reset your ribbon in Options, click Customize Ribbon that can be found in the sidebar. Next, look for Customizations: Reset. Click the Reset button, and then choose the Reset all customizations option. Choose Yes and then click OK.

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