Hide the Ribbon in Office 2010

by Bharat Suneja on June 16, 2010

Office 2010’s Ribbon UI is a great replacement for the menus used in previous versions. Given the ever-increasing sizes of monitors and higher resolution displays that most of us use, it’s a great use of screen real-estate. It reduces the time it takes to find some of the more useful features that were previously hidden in layers of menus. You can also customize the Ribbon so it displays the features you use more frequently – see Making the Ribbon Mine on the Office Engineering blog, or Video: Customize the ribbon in Office 2010 help (a well-done help site with plenty of videos). You can also export or import your customized ribbon.

And yet, there are users who don’t like the ribbon, and that’s OK. If you’re not comfortable with the ribbon, you can still use keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts from previous versions of Office still work. You can also hide the ribbon so only the menu is visible.

Click on the screenshots to display a larger version.

Figure 1: Minimizing the ribbon UI

Figure 2: Menus displayed without the ribbon

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