Getting to Know Word

Get Microsoft Office help using the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Backstage view to produce documents in MS Word 2013.

The Quick Access toolbar

Located just above the Ribbon, the Quick Access toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected. By default, it shows the Save, Undo, and Repeat commands. You can add other commands depending on your preference.

To add commands to the Quick Access toolbar:

  1. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar.
  2. Select the command you want to add from the drop-down menu. To choose from more commands, select More Commands.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Adding a command to the Quick Access toolbar
  3. The command will be added to the Quick Access toolbar.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The added command

The Ruler

The Ruler is located at the top and to the left of your document. It makes it easier to adjust your document with precision. If you want, you can hide the Ruler to create more screen space.

Screenshot of Word 2013The Ruler

To show or hide the Ruler:

  1. Click the View tab.
  2. Click the check box next to Ruler to show or hide the ruler.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Hiding the Ruler