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Show the Developer Tab in Word – Instructions

by / Monday, 11 September 2017 / Published in Latest, Microsoft, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 365, Word 2013, Word 2016

Show the Developer Tab in Word: Overview

            The first step to create forms to send to others is showing the Developer tab in the Ribbon. Normally, this tab is hidden, as most users do not need access to the features of this particular tab. However, advanced users who want to create forms or write macros using VBA must first show the Developer tab in Word.

            To show the Developer tab in Word, click the “File” button in the Ribbon. Then click the “Options” command at the left side of the screen. Doing this then opens the “Word Options” dialog box.

            In the “Word Options” dialog box, click the “Customize Ribbon” category at the left side of the dialog box. To the right, use the “Customize the Ribbon:” drop-down to select the “Main Tabs” category, if needed. Then check the checkmark next to the “Developer” tab category to enable its display. Then click the “OK” button in the lower right corner of this dialog box to close it and show the Developer tab in Word.

Show the Developer Tab in Word - Instructions: A picture of a user enabling the Developer tab in Word within the “Word Options” dialog box.

Show the Developer Tab in Word – Instructions: A picture of a user enabling the Developer tab in Word within the “Word Options” dialog box.

            To hide the display of the Developer tab in the future, repeat these same steps again. This time, un-check the checkmark next to the “Developer” tab category to hide its display within the Ribbon again.

Show the Developer Tab in Word: Instructions

  1. To show the Developer tab in Word, click the “File” button in the Ribbon.
  2. Then click the “Options” command at the left side of the screen to open the “Word Options” dialog box.
  3. Click the “Customize Ribbon” category in the “Word Options” dialog box.
  4. To the right, use the “Customize the Ribbon:” drop-down to select the “Main Tabs” category, if needed.
  5. Check the checkmark next to the “Developer” tab category to enable its display.
  6. Click the “OK” button in the lower right corner of this dialog box to close it.
  7. To hide the display of the Developer tab in the Ribbon of Word, repeat these steps again, but un-check the checkmark next to the “Developer” tab category.

Show the Developer Tab in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Displaying the Developer Tab,” shows you how to show the Developer tab in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Microsoft Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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