Microsoft Word 2016 Ribbon

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Microsoft Word’s commands (2) are accessed via ribbon tabs (1), and split into groups (3). Each group is identified with a name, and the active tab is outlined with a border to differentiate it from the others:

MS Word Ribbon

Here is an overview of each of the tabs.

  • File: Access Backstage view, where you can work with your document as a whole.
  • Home: Perform basic formatting and editing tasks.
  • Insert: Add other elements to your document, such as charts, pictures, videos, cover pages, headers, and footers.
  • Design: Change the appearance of your document.
  • Layout: Change the setup of your document and its elements.
  • References: Manage document resources, such as the table of contents and index.
  • Mailings: Create a mail merge document.
  • Review: Perform research and review the document.
  • View: View the document and/or open Word windows in different ways.

Remember that Word 2016 also features contextual tabs. These are special tabs that only appear when you are working with a specific object or group of information.


Hide the Ribbon

You can quickly and easily change the ribbon display by clicking the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner of the Microsoft Word screen:


Hide Ribbon Icon

Each option provides a description of what it will do, and will remain in effect until you choose a different option.


Dialog Box Launchers

Some groups feature an option button beside the group name. Click this button to open a dialog box or task pane with more specific controls relating to this group and other commands in the tab:

Dialog Box Launcher



You can hover your mouse pointer over a command to see the command name. Many commands also include a short description and sometimes a keyboard shortcut. This pop-up is called a ScreenTip:

Screen Tps