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How to hide the Ribbon in Office 2013

If you want to gain some real estate and free up the clutter in Microsoft's Office 2013, you can choose to hide the Ribbon.

Office 2013

Starting with Office 2007, Microsoft replaced the standard menu and toolbars 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 autohide view.

To switch among the different Ribbon views, click on the Ribbon display option button, located between the Help and Minimize buttons.

Ribbon display options
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  • 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.
    Tabs only display
    Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET
  • Show tabs and commands is the default view with tabs plus all the commands.
    Office 2013 Ribbon
    Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

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.