Show or hide the ribbon in Word for mobile devices

The ribbon shows the actions available on each tab on your screen. While the ribbon is very useful when you are writing your document, you might want to minimize or hide the ribbon to increase screen space when you are reading a document. Steps for showing and hiding the ribbon can vary depending on your mobile device.

  • On your Android tablet, you can show the ribbon by tapping the up and down arrows.

    Toggle ribbon off

    Toggle ribbon on

  • On your Android phone, you can expand or collapse the ribbon by tapping the edit icon Edit icon or by tapping the up and down arrows.

    Down arrow

    Up arrow

  • On your iPad you can show or hide the ribbon by tapping any tab (for example, tap Home).

  • On your iPhone, you can show the ribbon by tapping the edit icon Edit icon . You can hide the ribbon by tapping the down arrow.

    Down arrow

  • On your Windows tablet, you can show or hide the ribbon by tapping any tab (for example, tap Home).

  • On your Windows phone, you can expand or collapse the ribbon by tapping More Ellipsis .

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