Hey! What Happened to My Ribbon?

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If you are using any Office 2013 product (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), you may have noticed that your ribbon disappears for no reason and it’s impossible to bring it back.

In the 2010 version, all you had to do to bring the ribbon back was double-click any tab in the ribbon. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in Office 2013.

To bring your ribbon back, look in the upper-right hand corner of your window.

Next to the minimize button, you will see an upward-pointing arrow.

When you click the arrow, you’ll get a drop-down list that enables you to:

  • Automatically hide the ribbon
  • Show the ribbon’s tabs, but not the commands
  • Show the ribbon’s tabs and commands


Office 2013 Show the RibbonChoose your option, and you’re done!

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