How to Minimize the Ribbon in Word 2007

The Ribbon, which is now part of Microsoft Word 2007’s user interface, is supposed to help you find commands more quickly. Some people find it annoying and want to turn it off or, at least, minimize it.

Here’s what to do.

To minimize the Ribbon:

Double-click the name of the active tab. For example, Insert.

Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon - Before

Notice how the ribbon goes away. I have much more space to write my document.

Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon - After

But let’s say I miss it and want it back again.

Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon - Large

To restore the Ribbon:

Double-click a tab again to restore the Ribbon.

Tip: To minimize or restore the Ribbon, press CTRL+F1.