"Word 2010 Ribbon Elements - Minimize and Restore the Ribbon!"


The Word 2010 Ribbon located across the top of the window organizes the tools in tabs, which reflect the different tasks you are likely to want to accomplish with the program.

For example, when you create the document, the Home tab provides the commands you are likely to use as you start out.

Unlike with Word 2003's menu, however, there are no expanded drop-down lists under each main menu item. Instead, each tab exposes a different ribbon.

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

Microsoft Word 2010 ribbon


The Word 2010 Ribbon, as it appears by default, includes all the following elements:

  • Tab (Home, Insert, Page Layout, References, Mailings, Review, and View) appear across the top of the Ribbon and contain groups of related commands.
  • Group are collections of tools available on the Ribbon when a specific tab is selected. For example, on the Insert tab, the groups displayed include Pages, Tables, Illustrations, Links, Header & Footer, Text, and Symbols.
  • Contextual tabs help keep the window uncluttered by displaying task-related tools only when an object is selected in the document.
  • Commands/buttons/icons appear within each group.

The Ribbon is fully displayed by default when you begin working with Word. 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 increase room on the screen.


To minimize the Ribbon

  • Press Ctrl+F1 or
  • Click the Minimize the Ribbon button, located to the left of the Help tool just above and at the right end of the Ribbon.
  • Minimize Word 2010 ribbon

  • The Ribbon reduces to the tabs only. 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

  • Press Ctrl+F1 again or
  • Click Expand the Ribbon button.


Tips: A quick way to reduce and alternately display the tabs is to double-click one of the tabs. The first double-click hides the Ribbon; the second redisplays it.


Related Topics:

Getting Started - Opening and Creating Shortcut of Word 2010

Knowing the Elements of Word 2010 Screen



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