Switch The Ribbon View In Office 2013

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There was a lot of discussion when Microsoft first introduce the Ribbon in Office 2007 – though most of it negative. If you like a more minimalist look, you can still hide the Ribbon in Office 2013. But there’s an additional feature allowing a user to switch between three views.

Change Outlook 2013 Ribbon View

Open one of the Office 2013 programs and click the arrow icon at the upper right side of the ribbon (next to the Minimize and Maximize buttons). This will give you the Ribbon Display Options.

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Now you can select Auto-hide, Show Tabs, or Show Tabs and Commands – which is the default Ribbon view.

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Here’s an example of only displaying tabs on the Ribbon. Once you click  a tab, all of the options will display until you’re done and it will switch to tabs only again.

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Note: Once you make a change to the Ribbon view in a program in document, it will be the same each time you open a new one in the same program. But it will not affect other programs. For example, if I set the Ribbon to show only tabs in Word, each time I open a new Word document, it will only display tabs. But if I open Outlook or Excel, the Ribbon will be the default or whatever view you set it to.

Users continually get more accustomed to the Ribbon, and it’s been incorporated into a lot of different programs, and is included in Windows 8 File Explorer.


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LAST UPDATED 4/9/2013