Overview of the Microsoft Office Ribbon

Updated: 05/16/2020 by Computer Hope
Office ribbon

In Microsoft Office applications, the Ribbon is the bar at the top of the window. It contains a variety of tools, organized by tabs, that help you edit and format a document.

Listed below is an overview of the options and tools in the Ribbon for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

The following are the different options and tools listed in the Microsoft Word Ribbon for each of the tabs. Each section below is outlined first by the tab name, then by each section on the tab.

Home tab

Word home clipboard

Clipboard

Word home font

Font

Word home paragraph

Paragraph

Word home styles

Styles

Word home editing

Editing

Word Home Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat

Note

The Adobe Acrobat section is only displayed if Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer.

  • Create and Share Adobe PDF
  • Request Signatures
Word home editor

Editor

  • Editor

Insert tab

Word insert pages

Pages

Word insert tables

Tables

Word insert illustrations

Illustrations

Word insert add-ins

Add-ins

  • Get Add-ins
  • My Add-ins
  • Wikipedia
Word insert online media

Media

  • Online Video
Word insert Links

Links

Word insert comments

Comments

Word insert header & Footer

Header & Footer

Word insert text

Text

word insert symbols

Symbols

  • Equation
  • Symbol
Word insert media

Media

  • Insert Media

Design tab

Document Formatting

Word design document formatting

  • Themes
  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Paragraph Spacing
  • Effects
  • Set as Default
Word design page background

Page background

Layout tab

Word layout page setup

Page Setup

Word layout paragraph

Paragraph

  • Indent Left
  • Indent Right
  • Spading Before
  • Spacing After
Word layout arrange

Arrange

References tab

Word references table of contents

Table of Contents

Word references footnotes

Footnotes

Word references research

Research

  • Smart Lookup
  • Researcher
Word References citations and Bibliography

Citations & Bibliography

Word references captions

Captions

  • Insert Caption
  • Insert Table of Figures
  • Update Table
  • Cross-reference
Word references index

Index

  • Mark Entry
  • Insert Index
  • Update Index
Word References Table of Authorities

Table of Authorities

  • Mark Citation
  • Insert Table of Authorities
  • Update Table

Mailings tab

Word mailings create

Create

Word mailings start mail merge

Start Mail Merge

Word Mailings Write & Insert Fields

Write & Insert Fields

  • Highlight Merge Fields
  • Address Block
  • Greeting Line
  • Insert Merge Field
  • Rules
  • Match Fields
  • Update Labels
Word Mailings Preview results

Preview Results

  • Preview Results
  • First Record
  • Previous Record
  • Next Record
  • Last Record
  • Find Recipient
  • Check for Errors
Word Mailings finish

Finish

  • Finish & Merge
Word mailings acrobat

Acrobat

  • Merge to Adobe PDF

Review tab

Word review proofing

Proofing

Word review speech

Speech

  • Read Aloud
Word Review Accessibility

Accessibility

  • Check Accessibility
Word Review Language

Language

Word Review Comments

Comments

Word Review Tracking

Tracking

Word review changes

Changes

  • Accept
  • Reject
  • Previous
  • Next
Word Review Compare

Compare

Word review protect

Protect

  • Block Authors
  • Restrict Editing
Word review ink

Ink

  • Hide Ink
Word review resume

Resume

  • Resume Assistant

View tab

Word view views

Views

Word view immersive

Immersive

  • Focus
  • Immersive Reader
Word View page movement

Page Movement

Word view show

Show

word view zoom

Zoom

  • Zoom
  • 100%
  • One Page
  • Multiple Pages
  • Page Width
Word view window

Window

  • New Window
  • Arrange All
  • Split
  • View Side by Side
  • Synchronous Scrolling
  • Reset Window Position
  • Switch Windows
Word view macros

Macros

Word view sharepoint

SharePoint

Help tab

Word help help

Help

Acrobat tab

Note

The Acrobat tab is only available if Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer.

word acrobat create adobe pdf

Create Adobe PDF

  • Create PDF
  • Preferences
Word Acrobat Create and Share

Create and Share

  • Create and Share
  • Mail Merge
Word Acrobat review and comment

Review and Comment

  • Create and Send For Review
  • Acrobat Comments
Excel Acrobat create and run action

Create and Run Action

  • Create PDF and Run Action
Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

The following are the different options and tools listed in the Microsoft Excel Ribbon for each of the tabs. Each section below is outlined first by the tab name, then by each section on the tab.

Home tab

Excel home clipboard

Clipboard

Excel Home Font

Font

Excel Home Alignment

Alignment

  • Top Align
  • Middle Align
  • Bottom Align
  • Orientation
  • Wrap Text
  • Align Left
  • Center
  • Align Right
  • Decrease Indent
  • Increase Indent
  • Merge and Center
Excel home number

Number

  • Number Format
  • Accounting Number Format
  • Percent Style
  • Comma Style
  • Increase Decimal
  • Decrease Decimal
Excel home styles

Styles

Excel home cells

Cells

Excel home editing

Editing

Excel home ideas

Ideas

  • Ideas

Insert tab

Excel insert tables

Tables

Excel insert illustrations

Illustrations

Excel insert addins

Add-ins

  • Get Add-ins
  • My Add-ins
  • Bing Maps
  • People Graph
Excel insert charts

Charts

  • Recommended Charts
  • Insert Column or Bar Chart
  • Insert Hierarchy Chart
  • Insert Waterfall, Funnel, Stock, Surface or Radar Chart
  • Insert Line or Area Chart
  • Insert Statistics Chart
  • Insert Combo Chart
  • Insert Pie or Doughnut Chart
  • Insert Scatter(X, Y) or Bubble Chart
  • Maps
  • Pivot Chart
Excel Insert tours

Tours

  • 3D Map
Excel insert sparklines

Sparklines

Excel insert filters

Filters

  • Slicer
  • Timeline
Excel Insert links

Links

Excel insert comments

Comments

Excel insert text

Text

Excel insert symbols

Symbols

  • Equation
  • Symbol

Page Layout tab

Excel page layout themes

Themes

  • Themes
  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Effects
Excel page layout page setup

Page Setup

Excel page layout scale to fit

Scale to Fit

  • Width
  • Height
  • Scale
Excel page layout sheet options

Sheet options

  • Gridlines View
  • Gridlines Print
  • Headings View
  • Headings Print
Excel Page layout arrange

Arrange

  • Bring Forward
  • Send Backward
  • Selection Pane
  • Align
  • Group
  • Rotate

Formulas tab

Excel formulas function library

Function Library

  • Insert Function
  • AutoSum
  • Recently Used
  • Financial
  • Logical
  • Text
  • Date & Time
  • Lookup & Reference
  • Math & Trig
  • More Functions
Excel formulas defined names

Defined Names

  • Name Manager
  • Define Name
  • Use in Formula
  • Create from Selection
Excel formulas formula auditing

Formula Auditing

  • Trace Precedents
  • Trace Dependents
  • Remove Arrows
  • Show Formulas
  • Error Checking
  • Evaluate Formula
  • Watch Window
Excel Formulas calculation

Calculation

  • Calculation Options
  • Calculate Now
  • Calculate Sheet

Data tab

Excel data Get & transform data

Get & Transform Data

  • Get Data
  • From Text/CSV
  • From Web
  • From Table/Range
  • Recent Sources
  • Existing Connections
Excel data Queries & connections

Queries & Connections

  • Refresh All
  • Queries & Connections
  • Properties
  • Edit Links
Excel Data Sort & Filter

Sort & Filter

Excel data data tools

Data Tools

Excel Data forecast

Forecast

Excel data Outline

Outline

  • Group
  • Ungroup
  • Subtotal
  • Show Detail
  • Hide Detail

Review tab

Excel review proofing

Proofing

Excel review accessibility

Accessibility

  • Check Accessibility
Excel review insights

Insights

  • Smart Lookup
Excel language button

Language

  • Translate
Excel Review comments

Comments

Excel review notes

Notes

  • Notes
Excel review protect

Protect

  • Protect Sheet
  • Protect Workbook
  • Allow Edit Ranges
  • Unshare Workbook

Excel review ink

Ink

  • Hide Ink

View tab

Excel view workbook views

Workbook Views

Excel view show

Show

Excel view zoom

Zoom

  • Zoom
  • 100%
  • Zoom to Selection

Excel view window

Window

Excel view macros

Macros

Help tab

Excel help

Help

Excel help community

Community

  • Community
  • Excel Blog
  • Suggest a Feature

Acrobat tab

Note

The Acrobat tab is only available if Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer.

Excel Acrobat create adobe pdf

Create Adobe PDF

  • Create PDF
  • Preferences
Excel Acrobat create and share

Create and Share

  • Create and Share
Excel Acrobat review and comment

Review and Comment

  • Create and Send For Review
Excel Acrobat create and run action

Create and Run Action

  • Create PDF and Run Action
Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint

The following are the different options and tools listed in the Microsoft PowerPoint Ribbon for each of the tabs. Each section below is outlined first by the tab name, then by each section on the tab.

Home tab

powerpoint home clipboard

Clipboard

powerpoint home slides

Slides

powerpoint home font

Font

powerpoint home paragraph

Paragraph

  • Bullets
  • Numbering
  • Decrease List Level
  • Increase List Level
  • Text Direction
  • Align Text
  • Align Left
  • Center
  • Align Right
  • Add or Remove Columns
  • Convert to SmartArt Graphic
PowerPoint home drawing

Drawing

  • Insert Shapes
  • Arrange
  • Quick Styles
  • Shape Fill
  • Shape Outline
  • Shape Effects
powerpoint home editing

Editing

powerpoint home adobe acrobat

Adobe Acrobat

Note

The Adobe Acrobat section is only displayed if Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer.

  • Create and Share Adobe PDF
powerpoint home designer

Designer

  • Design Ideas

Insert tab

powerpoint insert slides

Slides

powerpoint insert tables

Tables

  • Table
PowerPoint insert images

Images

powerpoint insert illustrations

Illustrations

powerpoint insert add-ins

Add-ins

  • Get Add-ins
  • My Add-ins
powerpoint insert links

Links

powerpoint insert comments

Comments

  • Comment
powerpoint insert text

Text

powerpoint insert symbols

Symbols

  • Equation
  • Symbol
powerpoint insert media

Media

powerpoint insert media 2

Media

  • Insert Media

Design tab

Themes

PowerPoint Design Themes

  • Themes

Variants

Powerpoint Design variants

  • Variants
Powerpoint Design customize

Customize

Powerpoint Design designer

Designer

  • Design Ideas

Transitions tab

Powerpoint Transitions Preview

Preview

PowerPoint transitions

Transition to This Slide

Powerpoint Transitions Timing

Timing

Animations tab

Powerpoint Animations Preview

Preview

PowerPoint animations tab

Animation

Powerpoint Animations Advanced Animation

Advanced Animation

Powerpoint Animations Timing

Timing

Slide Show tab

Powerpoint Slide Show

Start Slide Show

  • From Beginning
  • From Current Slide
  • Present Online
  • Custom Slide Show

Set up

PowerPoint Slide Show Set Up

  • Set Up Slide Show
  • Hide Slide
  • Rehearse Timings
  • Record Slide Show
  • Keep Slides Updated
  • Play Narrations
  • Use Timings
  • Show Media Controls
Powerpoint Slide Show monitors

Monitors

  • Monitor
  • Use Presenter View
Powerpoint Slide Show Captions & Subtitles

Captions & Subtitles

  • Always Use Subtitles
  • Subtitle Settings

Review tab

Powerpoint Review Proofing

Proofing

Powerpoint Review accessibility

Accessibility

  • Check Accessibility
Powerpoint Review insights

Insights

  • Smart Lookup
Powerpoint Review language

Language

Powerpoint Review Comments

Comments

  • New Comment
  • Delete Comment
  • Previous Comment
  • Next Comment
  • Show Comments
Powerpoint Review Compare

Compare

  • Compare
  • Accept
  • Reject
  • Previous
  • Next
  • Reviewing Pane
  • End Review
Powerpoint Review ink

Ink

  • Hide Ink

View tab

Powerpoint View Presentation Views

Presentation Views

Powerpoint View Master Views

Master Views

Powerpoint View show

Show

Powerpoint View zoom

Zoom

  • Zoom
  • Fit to Window
Powerpoint View Color/Grayscale

Color/Grayscale

  • Color
  • Grayscale
  • Black and White
Powerpoint View Window

Window

  • New Window
  • Arrange All
  • Cascade
  • Move Split
  • Switch Windows
Powerpoint View Macros

Macros

Help tab

Powerpoint Help Help

Help

Acrobat tab

Note

The Acrobat tab is only available if Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer.

Powerpoint Acrobat Create Adobe PDF

Create Adobe PDF

  • Create PDF
  • Preferences
Powerpoint Acrobat Create and Share

Create and Share

  • Create and Share
Powerpoint Acrobat Review and Comment

Review And Comment

  • Create and Send For Review
Powerpoint Acrobat Create and Run Action

Create and Run Action

  • Create PDF and Run Action
Powerpoint Acrobat Media

Media

  • Insert Media