Minimize the Ribbon to Free Up a Few More Rows
July 19, 2021 - by Bill Jelen
Problem: The ribbon is taking up a lot of real estate at the top of my screen. It distracts me. I spend 99% of my Excel time in the grid, so I don’t need to see the ribbon all the time.
Strategy: You can minimize the ribbon, reducing it to a simple line of Home, Insert, Page Layout, Formulas, and so on.
To minimize the ribbon, you can either press Ctrl+F1 or right-click anywhere on the ribbon and then choose Minimize the Ribbon. You can also use the carat (^) icon at the right edge of the ribbon.
Additional Details: When you either click a ribbon tab with the mouse or use an Excel shortcut key, the ribbon will temporarily reappear. When you select the command from the ribbon, it will minimize again.
Double-click any ribbon tab to permanently exit minimized mode. Or, open any ribbon tab and then use the thumbtack icon on the right edge of the ribbon.