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.
Notice how the ribbon goes away. I have much more space to write my document.
But let’s say I miss it and want it back again.
To restore the Ribbon:
Double-click a tab again to restore the Ribbon.
Tip: To minimize or restore the Ribbon, press CTRL+F1.