How to get the Ribbon bar back in Outlook

All of my buttons in Outlook are missing and I have no idea how to get them back! What do I do?! Sound familiar? Don’t panic – It’s actually a pretty simple fix (and will probably have you sighing and thinking “really?…”). Try the below steps to get ribbon bar back in Outlook.

How to restore the Ribbon bar in Outlook

File, Home, and other tabs are showing

If all of your tabs are still present (File, Home, etc.) follow the following steps to restore the ribbon bar.

Step 1: Click the Home tab at the top of Outlook to see the ribbon.

Step 2: Locate the Thumb tack icon on the far bottom right hand corner of the ribbon and click it.

Outlook Home Ribbon bar pin icon highlighted

The Outlook ribbon should now always be present.

Even the tabs are missing

If you’re missing the File, Home, and other tabs you might need to disable the Ribbon Auto-hide feature instead.

To do this, look for an icon depicting a box with an up arrow inside of it at the upper right hand corner of Outlook (next to the X to close it).

Click it and then select Show Tabs and Commands.

7 thoughts on “How to get the Ribbon bar back in Outlook”

    • Hi,

      Office 365 for the Web does not have the same type of ribbon system as the desktop versions of Outlook. The option you’re looking for might be elsewhere if you’re using OWA.

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  1. Version 16005.13426.20688.0
    I am unable to find any of the items mentioned in finding a hidden ribbon.

    The only thing I see in my Outlook is my mail…no ribbon of any kind or a place to restore it.

    Please help as I need to retrieve a deleted email.

    Reply
  2. My Outlook does not have a Ribbon or “the icon depicting a box with an up arrow inside of it at the upper right hand corner of Outlook “.

    Where to go to find it?

    Reply

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