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The user interface in the latest versions of Word can be confusing, especially to those who have long used the menu-based interface of earlier versions of Word. The new interface uses a "ribbon" type of interface, visible at the top of the screen. The ribbon is made up of different tabs, each of which contains a collection of related tools. The tabs that are visible often depend on what you are doing in Word at the moment.
One tab that is especially necessary for advanced users is the Developer tab. This tab contains a variety of tools that allow you to "develop" and customize Word. Of particular importance is the fact that the Developer tab contains tools that allow you to create and access macros.
The Developer tab is not contextual in nature; it should always be visible on the ribbon. If it is not visible, that means you have not configured Word to display it. To display the tab, follow these steps if you are using Word 2010 or Word 2013:
Figure 1. The Customize Ribbon options of the Word Options dialog box.
Follow these steps in Word 2007:
Figure 2. The Popular options of the Word Options dialog box.
The developer tab should now be visible on the ribbon.
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