Minimize the Ribbon

The Ribbon, which is part of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface, 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 are shown only when they are needed. When the Ribbon is minimized, you see only the tabs.

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

Full Ribbon

Word Insert tab

Minimized Ribbon

Word Insert tab minimized

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 Office Fluent 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 Office 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.


Show me Minimize the Ribbon

                          Video created by Office Online staff writers

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.

 Tip   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.

 
 
Applies to:
Access 2007, Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007