Displaying the Developer Tab

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 5, 2016)

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:

  1. Display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Customize Ribbon. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Customize Ribbon options of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. At the right side of the dialog box make sure the Developer check box is selected.
  5. Click on OK.

Follow these steps in Word 2007:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure that Popular is selected at the left side of the dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  3. Figure 2. The Popular options of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Ensure the Show Developer Tab in Ribbon check box is selected.
  5. Click OK.

The developer tab should now be visible on the ribbon.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6746) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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