Did the ribbon unexpectedly disappear on you? (Microsoft Word)

Or maybe you just see the tabs.

Would you rather the tabs and commands always be visible.

You have three options on how to display the ribbon:

Auto-hide Ribbon

Show Tabs

Show Tabs and Commands

In the upper right corner of the screen, you will see the Ribbon Display Options icon.

Ribbon Display Options Icon

It all comes down to personal preference and how you want your display to look.

If you want more work space for your document, you might want to Auto-hide Ribbon.

When you have the Ribbon hidden, you will need to click at the top of the screen to display the ribbon.

Or perhaps you want to see the tabs only, then you can Show Tabs.

In this view, you will need to click on a tab to display the commands.

If you want both the tabs and commands to always display, then Show Tabs and Commands.

You can also collapse or minimize the ribbon with collapse the ribbon icon.

You will find this icon on the right side of the Ribbon.

If you want to show commands again, with the commands showing, click on the pin it icon, located on the right side of the Ribbon.

Pin-it icon

The keyboard shortcut to minimize the ribbon is Ctrl + F1. Use this shortcut to toggle on or off.

You can also double-click on any of the Tabs.

The Ribbon Display Options is the same for Excel and PowerPoint.

So now, if suddenly all commands disappeared or you want to purposefully make them disappear, you now know what to do.

If you want to watch the video, check it out on my YouTube Channel – Disappearing Ribbon Video