Show the developer tab in Word

The Developer tab isn't displayed by default, but you can add it to the ribbon.

  1. On the File tab, go to Options > Customize Ribbon.

  2. Under Customize the Ribbon and under Main Tabs, select the Developer check box.

After you show the tab, the Developer tab stays visible, unless you clear the check box or have to reinstall a Microsoft Office program.

The Developer tab is the place to do or use the following:

  • Write macros.

  • Run macros that you previously recorded.

  • Use XML commands.

  • Use ActiveX controls.

  • Add content controls, including check boxes, text boxes, and combo boxes.

  • Create forms to share with other users.

The Developer tab isn't displayed by default, but you can add it to the ribbon.

  1. On the Word menu, select Preferences.

  2. Under Authoring and Proofing Tools, select View.

  3. Under Ribbon, select the Show developer tab box.

The tab stays visible, unless you clear the check box or have to reinstall a Microsoft Office program.

The Developer tab is the place to go when you want to do or use the following:

  • Write macros.

  • Run macros that you previously recorded.

  • Use ActiveX controls.

  • Create applications to use with Microsoft Office programs.

  • Add content controls, including check boxes, text boxes, and combo boxes.

  • Create forms to share with other users.

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