"The Word 2007 Ribbon - A new Look of Word Interface!"


The Word 2007 Ribbon is a bar across the top of the window that contains tabbed pages of commands and icons/buttons. It replaces the previous versions menu bar and drop down menus.

The ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task.

The ribbon is divided into eight tabs by default, and each tab is a selection of groups that show related items together. Command buttons in each group carry out a command or display a menu of commands.

As you can see, similar commands are grouped together making the ribbon very task oriented. The more popular commands are available directly on each tab; you can directly access the command by clicking on the command icons/buttons.

Microsoft Word 2007 ribbon


Here are the elements in a Word 2007 ribbon:

  • Ribbon: The whole bar, including all of the tabs.
  • Tab: A tabbed page of the Ribbon such as Home, Insert, etc. Every tab contains several groups and every group has it own command icons.
  • Group: A section of a tab. For example, the Home tab has the following groups: Clipboard, Font, Paragraph, Styles, and Editing.
  • Dialog box launcher: A small icon in the bottom-right corner of a group, from which you can open a dialog box related to that group.

There is no way to delete or replace the Ribbon with the toolbars and menus from the earlier versions of Microsoft Office. However, you can minimize the Ribbon to make more space available on your screen.


To minimize the Ribbon

  • Click Customize Quick Access Toolbar
  • Minimize Word 2007 ribbon

  • From the drop-down menu, click Minimize the Ribbon.
  • To use the Ribbon while it is minimized, click the tab you want to use, and then click the option or command you want to use.


To restore the minimized Ribbon

  • Click Customize Quick Access Toolbar.
  • From the drop-down menu, click the Minimize the Ribbon again.


Note: To quickly minimize the Ribbon, double-click the name of the active tab. Double-click a tab again to restore the Ribbon.

Keyboard shortcut: To minimize or restore the Ribbon, press Ctrl + F1.


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Getting Started with Microsoft Office Word 2007

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