Sometimes the ribbon, or toolbar, at the top of the window in Word can get hidden and it's hard to find. The quickest way to show the ribbon is to click on any visible tab, like Home, Insert or Design.
Here are other options to help you show or hide the ribbon.
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Show the ribbon all the time
You can set Word to keep all the tabs and commands on the ribbon visible all the time.
At the top-right corner, click the Ribbon Display Options icon .
Click Show Tabs and Commands.
Show only the ribbon tabs
You can set Word to show only the ribbon tabs, so you see more of your document, and you can still quickly switch among the tabs.
At the top-right corner, click the Ribbon Display Options icon.
Click Show tabs.
When you click a tab, you can see the commands and select the options you want. When you return to your document, Word hides the commands again.
Note: When you double-click a tab, the Show tabs option changes to Show Tabs and Commands. The ribbon stays visible the entire time.
Collapse the ribbon
You can collapse the ribbon if you need to see more of the document you are creating. To collapse the ribbon, click the arrow at the top right.
To see the ribbon again, click the Ribbon Display Options icon at the top-right corner , and select Show Tabs and Commands.
If the ribbon isn't visible at all
If the ribbon isn’t visible at all (no tabs are showing), click the More icon at the top right of the screen . This will temporarily restore the ribbon.
When you return to the document, Word hides the ribbon again. If you want to keep the ribbon displayed, see the steps above to Show the ribbon all the time.