How to Keep the Ribbon Visible in OneNote 2013

Microsoft’s OneNote application is very helpful for keeping track of information so that you can access it from other computers and devices.

It took me a while personally to really embrace OneNote for note-taking, but it has become a program that I have open on my computer at all times.

Like other programs in Office 2013, OneNote uses a navigational ribbon at the top of the window that contains most of the tools and settings that you will need when working with your notebooks.

But if the tools on the ribbon are hidden and you can only see the tabs, then your ribbon is collapsed.

This is a setting that you can change, however, if you want to keep the ribbon visible at all times. Our short guide below will teach you how to make this change.

Stop Hiding the Ribbon in OneNote 2013

The settings that you change below will stay applied to OneNote 2013, even after you exit out of the program.

If you decide later that you do not want to hide the ribbon, you can simply follow the steps below again so that the ribbon is collapsed again.

Step 1: Open OneNote 2013.

Step 2: Click one of the tabs at the top of the window. It doesn’t matter which tab. I am clicking the Home tab in the image below.

click a tab at the top of the window to expand the ribbon

Step 3: Right-click in an empty space on the ribbon, then click the Collapse the Ribbon option.

right-click in an empty space, then click collapse the ribbon

The ribbon should now stay visible at the top of the window, even when your mouse is not on it.

Now that you know how to keep the ribbon visible in OneNote 2013, you can make it easier to access the various tools and settings located on that menu.

Do you have a notebook in OneNote that you want to keep hidden from other people with access to your computer? Learn how to password protect a notebook in OneNote 2013 so that it is not visible until you enter a password.

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