Collapsing the Microsoft Office Ribbon to Get More Space in Your Program
Provided by: Molly Pell, Technical Project Manager
When moving from earlier versions of Microsoft Office programs
(Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) to Office 2007, the new
Ribbon can be very difficult to get used to. One common complaint is
that it takes up so much space, leaving you less “real estate” to do
your real work. Frankly, we think a ribbon on the side would be much
better than the top since most monitors have more space horizontally,
rather that vertically. Unfortunately, that’s not an option.
However, did you know that the ribbon can be easily collapsed to give
you extra vertical space? Just double click on any ribbon tab, and it
When you need to access any of the Ribbon tabs, just
click to make the Ribbon drop down, or double-click again to “pin” it
back in maximized mode.
You can even
customize the Quick Access Toolbar, shown above the Ribbon, for
one-click access to your favorite commands.