Even though you cannot add, delete, or move commands on the Ribbon tabs in Word 2007 directly (see the post, Ribbon Customizer – Add-In for Office 2007 that allows full customization of the ribbon interface, for a third-party tool that allows you to do this), there are some ways you can customize the Ribbon bar.
To hide the ribbon, press Ctrl + F1 while Word is open. You can also double-click the Home tab. The Ribbon is hidden, but the Ribbon tabs are still available.
To use a command on the Ribbon, click the appropriate tab to display the Ribbon tab containing the desired command. Click the Ribbon tab again to hide the Ribbon again. To show the entire Ribbon again, simply press Ctrl + F1 again or double-click the Home tab again.
If there are certain commands on the Ribbon that you frequently use, you can add these commands to the Quick Access Toolbar. We have previously written about how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar. See our post, Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Office 2007, for more information.
If you repeatedly access the Ribbon to format selected text, you might find it’s quicker to use the Mini Toolbar rather than the Ribbon. The Mini Toolbar displays automatically when you move your cursor over any selected text. The most common formatting options display on the Mini Toolbar, such as Font, Font Size, and Bold. If you need other formatting options, you must access the Ribbon.
You can also use commands without accessing the Ribbon by right-clicking on any part of your document. The context menu that displays changes depending on the part of the document in which you right-clicked. When you right-click on selected text, the formatting options are available on the context menu.
NOTE: Notice that the Mini Toolbar displays even when you are accessing the context menu, because you moved your mouse over selected text.
by Lori Kaufman