Show or hide the ribbon in Office

The ribbon is a set of toolbars at the top of the window in Office programs designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task.

Show Ribbon options

  1. At the top-right corner, select the Ribbon Display Options icon Ribbon icon.

    Show or Hide ribbon
  2. Choose an option for the ribbon:

    Show Tabs and Commands keeps all the tabs and commands on the ribbon visible all the time.

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    Show tabs shows only the ribbon tabs, so you see more of your document, and you can still quickly switch among the tabs.

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    Auto-Hide ribbon hides the ribbon for the best view of your document, and only shows the ribbon when you select More  alternate text, or press the ALT key.

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Collapse the ribbon or expand it again

Double-click any of the ribbon tabs or press CTRL+F1 to collapse the ribbon if you need to see more of your document.

To see the ribbon again, just double-click any ribbon tab, or press CTRL+F1.

If the ribbon isn't visible at all

If the ribbon isn’t visible at all (no tabs are showing), then you probably have it set to Auto-hide. Select More  alternate text at the top right of the screen. This will temporarily restore the ribbon.

The Ribbon more button

When you return to the document, the ribbon will be hidden again. To keep the ribbon displayed, select one of the Show options above.

See also

Customize the ribbon in Office

Minimize the ribbon

You can minimize the ribbon if you need to see more of the document you are creating. To collapse the ribbon, select the Minimize the Ribbon arrow at the top right.

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To see the ribbon again, select the arrow again.

See also

Customize the ribbon in Office

The ribbon is a set of toolbars at the top of the window in Office programs designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task.

Show ribbon options  

  1. At the right corner of the ribbon, select the Ribbon Display Options icon Dropdown arrow for ribbon options.

    Note: If you don't see the ribbon or the Ribbon Display Options icon, it may be hidden. Move your cursor to the top of the browser window to make the ribbon appear as well as the icon.

  2. Choose an option in the menu:

  Menu for changing the menu in Microsoft 365.

  • Classic Ribbon displays the full ribbon you may be used to from previous versions of Office.

  • Simplified Ribbon displays a more compact version that takes up less space.

  • Always Show will always have the ribbon visible.

  • Automatically Hide will hide the ribbon until you move your cursor to the top and it will reappear.

    Notes: 

    • For keyboard users, you can use CTRL + F6 or WIN + ALT to invoke the ribbon.

    • For touch users, simply scroll back up or tap the title bar to bring it back. Scrolling up and down quickly will also trigger showing and hiding the ribbon.

See also

Customize the ribbon in Office

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