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A common question we get is how do you fix it if  in a Microsoft 2007 product, like Word or PowerPoint, suddenly the top toolbar disappears. It will reappear if you roll the cursor over it, but acting like a drop down menu, it will immediately disappear again when released. The solution isn’t intuitive, so I’m sharing it here.

1. Click one of the tabs that is visible to open the taskbar.

2. Right Click on any one of the tabbed areas within the toolbar.

3. This will bring up an pop-up menu box, the last one of which says “Minimize Ribbon.”

4. Drag the cursor over to “Minimize Ribbon” and let go.