Getting Started with Word

Get Microsoft Office help using the Ribbon, Quick Access Toolbar, and Backstage view to produce documents in MS Word 2016.

Working with the Word environment

Like other recent versions, Word 2016 continues to use features like the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar—where you will find commands to perform common tasks in Word—as well as Backstage view.

The Ribbon

Word uses a tabbed Ribbon system instead of traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, which you can find near the top of the Word window.

tabs on the Ribbon

Each tab contains several groups of related commands. For example, the Font group on the Home tab contains commands for formatting text in your document.

the Font group on the Home tab

Some groups also have a small arrow in the bottom-right corner that you can click for even more options.

clicking the arrow to see more group commands

Showing and hiding the Ribbon

If you you find that the Ribbon takes up too much screen space, you can hide it. To do this, click the Ribbon Display Options arrow in the upper-right corner of the Ribbon, then select the desired option from the drop-down menu:

hiding the Ribbon

To learn how to add custom tabs and commands to the Ribbon, review our Extra on Customizing the Ribbon.

Using the Tell me feature

If you're having trouble finding command you want, the Tell Me feature can help. It works just like a regular search bar: Type what you're looking for, and a list of options will appear. You can then use the command directly from the menu without having to find it on the Ribbon.

searching for commands with the Tell Me feature