Show/Hide Ribbon In Microsoft Office 2007/2010

If you feel you might be running out of space on your screen, or simply prefer the Ribbon out of the way, just right-click on the Ribbon and then choose Minimize the Ribbon.  You could be in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook – basically if it is a Ribbon in a MS Office program, this hint will work for you.

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This will make the bulk of the Ribbon invisible, but you can still read and access the  tab names (e.g. Home, Insert etc).

Simply click on a tab name to temporarily display the full Ribbon and when you have finished it will minimize itself again.

To reverse this and have the Ribbon showing again, simply  right-click on the Ribbon area and then deselect the minimize choice, making the entire Ribbon visible at all times.

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| September 20th, 2012 | Posted in Microsoft Office |

4 Comments on “Show/Hide Ribbon In Microsoft Office 2007/2010”

  1. 1
    Jim 
    September 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hi Angela,

    thank you for continuing to post these really helpful hints, I actually follow you on Twitter as well and notice that Microsoft frequently retweet your hints – good job!

    regards
    Jim

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    angelalewis 
    September 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks Jim, that was really kind of you and I’m glad they are of help!

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    October 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Angela, perhaps this way here may be even a bit faster. (Title says it all.) “Double-Click a Tab to Shrink Microsoft Office’s Ribbon Toolbar” http://lifehacker.com/5731621/double+click-a-tab-to-shrink-microsoft-offices-ribbon-toolbar (Btw. nothing about obscure “hacking”, I found that via the official MS Office-Website.) – Of course at first nobody would think of doubleclicking a tab, but since Windows Live I got quite used to it. My tiny Netbook which has a 1024×600 display just forced me there: “Widescreen”, but rather small. – Cheers – Andreas

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    angelalewis 
    October 10, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Hi Andreas,
    thanks so much dropping by, always good to read your comments and thanks too for sharing that link.

    With regard to double clicking a tab to minimise a Ribbon, I think readers will find that you actually end up needing to do a triple click to get achieve this: one click to select the tab and then a double click for the minimise.

    This is because if you go directly to a tab and double click it, this does nothing but show its Ribbon.

    That’s why I don’t mention the clicking method as a ‘go to’, as most people find triple clicking a bit onerous – but I always mention that it can be done in error (i.e. too much clicking and the Ribbon can mysteriously disappear :-) ).