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.
Step 3: Right-click in an empty space on the ribbon, then click the Collapse the Ribbon option.
The ribbon should now stay visible at the top of the window, even when your mouse is not on it.
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