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How to Switch between Ribbon toolbar views in Office 2013

When Microsoft introduced its new Office package (called office 2013), it made big differences to its user interface as well. There are little variations hidden on this, by familiarizing these you’ll be more comfortable with this app.

For an instance, in Outlook 2013, you can now read all unread e-mails just one click. This is the one of five marvelous features that new Outlook bought to the world.

I’ve also found another stunning change that made to Ribbon toolbar, which was first appeared on office 2007 and nothing changed in the office 2010.

Ribbon toolbar

What you can find in the Ribbon toolbar view that, now itgives three different views, which you can keep in mind as full, reduced, or hidden the view. Here’s how you can reach to it.

  1. Open any Office 2013 application like Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.
  2. In the upper right corner of the window, just left side of the Minimize button, you can find Ribbon toolbar view option button (just looks like arrow inside a box). Click on it.
  3. Now you can see three options called Auto-hide Ribbon, Show Tabs, and Show Tabs and Commands. The last option is the default one; that shows everything, try other option one by one you’ll see the immediate result.

The Auto-hide Ribbon is one of interesting option that gives you totally toolbar free workspace. I find this most helpful in word, which I can see whole page and it avoids scrolling inside the same page (I think excel users can also getting most out of it). The Ribbon can again view by clicking anywhere on the top of the application.   

Show Tabs is the compressed version of the Ribbon, which show only Ribbon’s tabs that hiding everything under it. You can view and hide the description by clicking on it.

Worthless to mention, you can switch between each ribbon view by clicking on ribbon display-option button, it just for knowing.    

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