by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 20, 2019)
Kamal notes that half of the ribbon in Word is concealed. Every time he has to do something like change font, font size, underline, italicize, etc., Kamal has to click Home for the full ribbon to appear, do the task, and then the full ribbon gets concealed again. He wonders how to get the full ribbon to remain visible at all times.
This is a common occurrence in Word. The ribbon can either be fully displayed or it can be minimized when not in use. The condition that Kamal describes is for a ribbon that is minimized. You can switch the ribbon back to a normal, full display by using any of these techniques:
As you can tell, there are many ways that Word provides to accomplish the same task. For most people, it is the first method (double clicking) that causes the problem in the first place. It is easy to double-click a ribbon tab without even realizing it, and then your ribbon is hidden without understanding why.
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