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.


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”

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    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!


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    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” (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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    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 :-) ).