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.

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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.