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To collapse the ribbon, right-click a tab, and choose Collapse the Ribbon.

Collapse the ribbon selection

After you select Collapse the Ribbon, the ribbon will look like this:

Sample area of a collapsed ribbon


  • To quickly go back and forth between uncollapsed and collapsed, double-click a tab on the ribbon.

  • Double-click near a tab collapse or expand the ribbon

You can minimize the ribbon so that only the tabs appear.

Expanded Ribbon

Expanded ribbon

Collapsed Ribbon

Collapsed ribbon

Minimize the ribbon while you are working

  • On the right side of the ribbon, select Miinimize the ribbon button.

Expand the ribbon while you are working

  • On the right side of the ribbon, select Expand the ribbon button.

Minimize the ribbon when a file opens

By default, the ribbon is expanded every time that you open a file, but you can change that setting so that the ribbon is always minimized.

  • On the View menu, clear the Ribbon check mark.

  • To once again display the ribbon when you open a file, on the View menu, select Ribbon or simply expand the ribbon by selecting Expand the ribbon button.

For more info, see Customize the ribbon and toolbars.

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