You probably either love the Ribbon in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint — or you hate it. Either way, you need to use it sometimes.
When the Ribbon is hidden, the heading words for each tab of the Ribbon are visible. To see the other in a section of the Ribbon, click on the applicable heading. For example, to see items in the Home section, click on Home. To see those in the Page Layout section, click on Page Layout.
If you have a small screen, such as on a small laptop, 0you might like to keep the Ribbon minimized except when you need it. That way, you’ve got more display space for your document.
Sometime, though, it’s easier to keep the whole Ribbon displayed at all times. In Word 2013, the way to do this was changed from the previous versions. Now, there’s an option in the window heading, near the minimize, maximize and close buttons, as shown below. You would pick Show Tabs and Commands to display the Ribbon.
Other times, you may want to hide the Ribbon. You might think that the top item in that list (Auto-Hide Ribbon) was what you wanted… Not really.
There’s a small carat on the right side of the Ribbon that will close it, as shown in the image below.
Click the carat to show the menu item, then click Collapse the Ribbon (Ctrl+F1). Yes, holding the Control key and pressing F1 will collapse the Ribbon, if remember the keystroke combination.