Starting with Office 2007, Microsoft replaced the standard menu and tool bars with the Ribbon. It was designed to help Office users find commands more easily. Office 2013 still uses the Ribbon, but if you’d rather have more work space or prefer less clutter, you can hide it. In fact, you can choose between three different views: full Ribbon view, tab-only view, and auto hide view.
To switch among the different Ribbon views, click on the Ribbon display option button, located between the Help and Minimize buttons.
- Autohide Ribbon hides the ribbon at the top, then reappears when you click the top of the screen. This mode only works in full-screen mode.
- Show tabs displays only the tabs, like File, Home, and Insert, while hiding the commands. Clicking on the tabs will make the commands reappear temporarily.
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- Show tabs and commands is the default view with tabs plus all the commands.
If you like to alternate between the tab-only view and the full Ribbon, there are a couple of ways to quickly toggle between the two views. The first method is by double-clicking on a tab, which collapses the Ribbon or brings it back. The second method is with the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl+F1.
That’s it. Keep in mind that each program in the Office suite maintains its own display options, so you’ll have to change them individually in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the rest of the suite.