Displaying the Full Ribbon

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 5, 2019)

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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:

  • Double-click any ribbon tab.
  • Press Ctrl+F1.
  • Right-click any ribbon tab and clear the check mark beside the Minimize the Ribbon option. (Word 2007 and Word 2010.)
  • Right-click any ribbon tab and click on Collapse the Ribbon (Word 2013 or a later version.)
  • Click the small downward-pointing arrow at the right end of the ribbon. (This method is only available with Word 2010. You will have to use one of the other methods listed above to display the full ribbon with any other version of Word.)

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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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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2018-09-17 15:30:28

Ted Duke

There may not be a "arrow" image, but there is a v representing a down arrow and an inverted v representing an up arrow. There is no arrow shaft. No feathers. Latest version of Word as of 9/17/2018.

Apologies for double posting to add Word Version..


2018-09-17 15:26:48

Ted Duke

There may not be a "arrow" image, but there is a v representing a down arrow and an inverted v representing an up arrow. There is no arrow shaft. No feathers.


2018-09-16 16:53:37

Allen

Allan,

I just double-checked, and you are correct -- there is no downward-pointing arrow in Word 2007. It is there, however, in Word 2010 and was removed from Word 2013. So, it exists only for the single version of Word -- Word 2010. It appears just to the left of the "help" icon (the familiar question mark in the blue circle).

Sorry for any confusion.

-Allen


2018-09-16 16:26:05

Allan Poe

At the risk of making a mountain out of a mole hill, I will repeat, There is no small downward-pointing arrow at the right end of the ribbon in my program. I have included an expanded view of the rt end of the ribbon, which does show a small down V in the end of the ruler ribbon. When clicked it does do a ruler on/off.
Please send me an image showing the arrow at the right end of the ribbon.
(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. 


2018-09-16 11:33:20

Ted Duke

I have latest Windows update and current Word version as of 9/16/2018. Control plus F1 will do both: Expand the ribbon when it's collapsed or collapse it when it's expanded.

I still prefer Mouse clicks. There is still a small, almost invisible v-shaped down "arrow" on the expanded ribbon's bottom at the far right. It can be clicked to collapse the ribbon. Double clicking on any tab in the collapsed ribbon will expand it.


2018-09-15 14:23:14

Allan Poe

"Click the small downward-pointing arrow at the right end of the ribbon. " I am using Word 2007. There is no small downward-pointing arrow at the right end of the ribbon in my program.
The enclosed image shows the very right end of my ribbon.
(see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. 


2018-09-14 19:58:37

Yan Zhang

Why the customized ribbon show, it doesn't show in Ribbon Option form?


2015-11-25 11:00:01

Steve

You didn't really answer the question. He said "...how to get the full ribbon to remain visible at all times." i.e. how do you stop Word from collapsing it at all. I get so annoyed by this "feature" that I would welcome how to block it permanently.


2015-08-19 11:16:25

Elke

exactly what I needed to know


2015-07-14 12:46:18

SomeGuy

Very helpful. Thanks


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