Minimize ribbon and maximize the QAT
Move the QAT so it appears below the Ribbon. Then minimize the Ribbon which gives you back the real estate the ribbon occupies except for the Tabs. Then put the tools you use on a regular basis on the QAT. Let the QAT stretch all the way across your screen if it needs to. I think the Ribbon and the QAT are the best, easiest to use "toolbars" ever. It may take you a few minutes to set them exactly the way you want them to be but at least you have the complete flexibility to customize it for your work. Menus? You can have them!
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