Show or hide the ribbon in Office

The ribbon is a set of toolbars at the top of the window in Office programs designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Sometimes the ribbon 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. You might also want to hide the ribbon to maximize screen space.

Note: The ribbon replaced the toolbars and menus in some Office 2007 programs, such as the Drawing Toolbar.

Here are other options to help you show or hide the ribbon.

What do you want to do?

Show the ribbon all the time

You can set Office programs to keep all the tabs and commands on the ribbon visible all the time.

  1. At the top-right corner, click the Ribbon Display Options icon Ribbon icon .

    The Ribbon Options icon is at the top-right corner.
  2. Click Show Tabs and Commands.

    Click Show Tabs and Commands.

Show only the ribbon tabs

You can set Office programs to show only the ribbon tabs, so you see more of your document, and you can still quickly switch among the tabs.

  1. At the top-right corner, click the Ribbon Display Options icon.

    The Ribbon Options icon is at the top-right corner.
  2. Click Show tabs.

    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, the tab commands are hidden 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.

Clicking the arrow at the top right collapses the ribbon.

To see the ribbon again, click the Ribbon Display Options icon at the top-right corner Ribbon icon , and select Show Tabs and Commands.

Click 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 More options icon at the top right of the screen . This will temporarily restore the ribbon.

The More icon temporarily restores the ribbon.

When you return to the document, the ribbon is hidden again. If you want to keep the ribbon displayed, see the steps above to Show the ribbon all the time.

See also

Customize the ribbon in Office

Minimize the ribbon

You can minimize the ribbon if you need to see more of the document you are creating. To collapse the ribbon, click the Minimize the Ribbon arrow at the top right.

The Minimize Ribbon arrow

To see the ribbon again, click the arrow again.

Minimize the ribbon

There is no way to delete or replace the ribbon with the toolbars and menus from the earlier versions of Office. However, you can minimize the ribbon to make more space available on your screen.

Always keep the ribbon minimized

  1. Click Customize Quick Access Toolbar Button image .

  2. In the list, click Minimize the Ribbon.

  3. To use the ribbon while it is minimized, click the tab you want to use, and then click the option or command you want to use.
    For example, with the ribbon minimized, you can select text in your Word document, click the Home tab, and then in the Font group, click the size of the text you want. After you click the text size you want, the ribbon goes back to being minimized.

Keep the ribbon minimized for a short time

  • To quickly minimize the ribbon, double-click the name of the active tab. Double-click a tab again to restore the ribbon.

    Keyboard shortcut:  To minimize or restore the ribbon, press CTRL+F1.

Restore the ribbon

  1. Click Customize Quick Access Toolbar Button image .

  2. In the list, click Minimize the Ribbon.

    Keyboard shortcut:  To minimize or restore the ribbon, press CTRL+F1.

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