- Click on the up arrow (top right corner) to hide the Ribbon.
Tip: you can also use the Ctrl+F1 keyboard shortcut to minimize and restore the Ribbon.
- That same button has become a down arrow, and only the Ribbon's tabs are now showing; click on the arrow again to show the Ribbon. If you double-click on any of the tabs, it will collapse or restore the ribbon as well (be aware of it, because it's easy to do accidentally!)
- When the Ribbon is hidden, just click on any of the tab headers to show their commands: everything is still available. Press and release the Alt key on your keyboard, and Word 2010 will show you which combination directly pulls down a tab from the Ribbon:
|Alt+F||"File" (Backstage view)||Alt+H||"Home"||Alt+N||"Insert"|
Tip: no need to release the Alt key for the quick keys above; hold down Alt and press the other letter at the same time: then release, and click or press the final command's letter.
- If you hide it, the Ribbon will be hidden for all Word 2010 documents you have opened: you cannot have the Ribbon showing in one window, but not the other. This is also a "persistent" setting: Word will "remember" if you last wanted the Ribbon visible or hidden.
Tip: to mimic the classic menus layout, you can move the Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon. Click on the dropdown arrow in the title bar, and choose "Show Below the Ribbon".