How to hide the Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon to save screen real estate

This post outlines the steps on how to hide the new Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon to save screen real estate. It’s a handy feature most our mobile users employ. The steps below applies to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint 2007.

Double click on the highlighted tab will hide the Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon:

Screen shot on how to hide Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon

Double Click to Hide Ribbon - Click to Enlarge

Or you could right click on the tab and to get the display options for the Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon:

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Single click when the Ribbon is hidden will display the Ribbon and once you click on a function the Ribbon will hide itself again. Once you click on a function the Ribbon will automatically go back to it’s hidden state. It’s like Windows Taskbar with it’s auto hide feature.

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Single Click will Display Ribbon - Click to Enlarge

Similar to the Windows Taskbar auto hide feature the menu is floating when displayed:

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Auto Hide Ribbon - Click to Enlarge

Double click on the menu again to restore the Ribbon to it’s display state.

Comparison of Microsoft Word 2007 with the Ribbon displayed:

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Ribbon Displayed - Click to Enlarge

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Ribbon Hidden - Click to Enlarge

I hope you found this tip as useful as most of our mobile staff. Please provide comments below.

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One comment

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    nia
    June 2, 2009 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    very useful tip~ thanks a lot!

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