There was a lot of discussion when Microsoft first introduce the Ribbon in Office 2007 – though most of it negative. I was leery of the Ribbon at first too, but now I can’t imagine not having it. If you like a more minimalist look, you can still hide the Ribbon in Office 2013. But there’s an additional feature that allows you to switch between three views.
Change Outlook 2013 Ribbon View
Open one of the Office 2013 programs and click the arrow icon at the upper right side of the ribbon (next to the Minimize and Maximize buttons). This will give you the Ribbon Display Options.
Now you can select Auto-hide, Show Tabs, or Show Tabs and Commands – which is the default Ribbon view.
Here’s an example of only displaying tabs on the Ribbon. Once you click a tab, all of the options will display until you’re done and it will switch to tabs only again.
Users continually get more accustomed to the Ribbon, and it’s been incorporated into a lot of different programs, and is included in Windows 8 File Explorer. If you’ve finally accepted the Ribbon in Office, but aren’t ready for it all over Windows, check out our article on how to minimize the Explorer Ribbon or hide it Permanently.