Minimize the Ribbon

The ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Commands are organized in logical groups that are collected together under tabs. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as writing or laying out a page. To reduce screen clutter, some tabs, known as contextual tabs, are shown only when they are needed. When the ribbon is minimized, you see only the tabs.

No option from Microsoft is currently available to switch the user interface back to the File menu, toolbars, and commands as they appeared in Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier. However, you can minimize the ribbon to make more space available on your screen or customize the ribbon to personalize the ribbon the way that you want it. For example, you can create custom tabs and custom groups to contain your frequently used commands.

Full ribbon

Full Ribbon in Word

Minimized ribbon

Minimized Ribbon in Word

What do you want to do?

Always keep the ribbon minimized

  • Right-click the ribbon, and then click Minimize the Ribbon.

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

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 Microsoft Word document, click the Home tab, and then in the Font group, click the size of the text that you want. After you click the text size that you want, the ribbon goes back to being minimized.

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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.

Tip     To minimize the ribbon, click Minimize the Ribbon. The Minimize the Ribbon button is in the upper-right corner of the program window.
Minimize the Ribbon button

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Restore the ribbon

  • Right-click the ribbon, and then click Minimize the Ribbon.


  • To restore the ribbon, click Expand the Ribbon. The Expand the Ribbon button is in the upper-right corner of the program window.
    Expand the Ribbon button
  • You can still use the keyboard shortcuts while the ribbon is minimized. For more information about keyboard shortcuts, see Use the keyboard to work with ribbon programs.

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Show me how to minimize the ribbon

You can watch a video that shows you more about how to minimize the ribbon at Video: Minimize the ribbon.

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Applies to:
Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, SharePoint Workspace 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010