MS Word offers advanced developer features which let you create/run macros, and also design custom user controls.
However, this tab is not displayed on the ribbon by default.
This article will guide you on the different methods on how to add the Developer tab in the Ribbon
2 Ways to Add the Developer Tab to MS Word
- Using the Options command
- Right Click on Ribbon and add the Developer Tab
Method 1: Using the Options Command
Step 1: Open the MS Word application.
Step 2: Display the Word Options dialog box.
From the MS Word Start screen, you can immediately display the Word Options dialog box by clicking the Options command.
Step 3: Access the Customize Ribbon section.
With the Word Options dialog box already open, you need to click the Customize Ribbon option to display the section that you need to configure.
Upon clicking, the dialog box will show you two groups of controls—Choose commands from and Customize the Ribbon.
Since you need to modify the ribbon, you will only focus on the latter.
Step 4: Add the Developer tab on the list.
From the Customize the Ribbon drop-down list, make sure that either the All Tabs or Main Tabs option is selected.
Below the drop-down list is a collection of all tabs available in MS Word.
Locate the Developer checkbox and tick it.
Step 5: Apply your setting.
Finalize your setting by clicking the OK button of the dialog box.
Notice that the Developer tab appears on the ribbon. You can now use the advanced features that are in this tab.
Method 2: Right Click on Ribbon and add the developer tab.
Another method that you can use to add the Developer tab is through the Right-click context menu. Performing this method will directly open the Customize Ribbon option from the Word Options dialog box.
Step 1: Open a new or existing document.
Step 2: Right Click on the Ribbon
This will open the Right-click context menu.
Click Customize the Ribbon. This will display the Word Options dialog box.
Step 3: Include the Developer tab to the ribbon.
As explained in the previous method, simply include the Developer tab to the ribbon.
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