Partially hide the Office 2007 Ribbon

Free up a little space by partially hiding the 2007 ribbon.

Anyone who's taken a good look at Office 2007 knows about the infamous Ribbon. Love it or hate it, it's here to stay. The main complaint I hear is that you can't customize it, not easily anyway. Another complaint is that the Ribbon steals too much space. That is true — it's definitely larger than the standard menu bar. Fortunately, you can hide the Ribbon to free up a bit of space, using one of the following methods:

  • Choose Minimize The Ribbon from the Quick Access toolbar's drop-down list.
  • Press [Ctrl]+[F1].
  • Double-click the active tab.


Any of these toggle methods will hide or display most of the Ribbon. However, the tabs stay — you can't totally get rid of the Ribbon without some serious programming tricks or using a third-party product.

By Susan Harkins

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.