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.
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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.