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Working with the Ribbon (Reorder and Remove Tabs) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to reorder Ribbon tabs and remove the custom tabs in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






PowerPoint 2013 sports the Ribbon, which is tabbed, each of these tabs contains a set of commands. By default, PowerPoint contains eight such tabs, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.

  • Default Ribbon tabs with PowerPoint 2013 interface
    Figure 1: Default Ribbon tabs with PowerPoint 2013 interface

    These eight Ribbon tabs can be customized, and you can indeed add a new Ribbon tab as well. In fact, you may have more than these eight tabs in your PowerPoint interface due to several reasons:

    1. You may have turned on the Developer tab, this tab is not displayed by default.
    2. You may have installed some PowerPoint add-ins, these may show in an Add-Ins tab.
    3. You many have installed a PowerPoint add-in that created its own Ribbon tab.
    4. You may have selected a slide object that brings up a contextual tab. For example, you see three extra Ribbon tabs when you select a chart on your slide.
    5. You may have created your own custom Ribbon tab.

    All tabs can be reordered as required. However, the eight default Ribbon tabs that you see in Figure 1 can only be reordered and not removed. Also the Developer tab cannot be removed although it can be hidden. Follow these steps to explore more:

    1. You first need to bring up the PowerPoint Options dialog box, there are two ways to access these options. The easier way is to right-click anywhere on the Ribbon, and choose the Customize the Ribbon option, as shown highlighted in red with Figure 2.
    2. Customize the Ribbon option
      Figure 2: Customize the Ribbon option
    3. Alternatively, choose the File menu to bring up Backstage view, as shown in Figure 3. Now, select Options (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
    4. Options within File menu
      Figure 3: Options within File menu
    5. Either way, this opens the PowerPoint Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 4. Make sure you choose the Customize Ribbon option within the sidebar. This shows the relevant options on the right side of the PowerPoint Options dialog box (see Figure 4 again).
    6. PowerPoint Options dialog box
      Figure 4: PowerPoint Options dialog box
    7. Note that we added new Ribbon tab (highlighted in red within Figure 4, above, also visible in Figure 2).
    8. Select the tab which you want to reorder within the PowerPoint Options dialog box (we selected our custom tab, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5). Then click the Move Up (to move the selected tab upwards) or Move Down (to move the selected tab downwards) buttons, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 5.
    9. Select and reorder the Ribbon tab
      Figure 5: Select and reorder the Ribbon tab
    10. In Figure 6, below you can see that the INDEZINE (Custom) tab is moved down to the 7th position from its original 2nd position.
    11. Ribbon tab moved down
      Figure 6: Ribbon tab moved down
    12. Figure 7, below shows the reordered Ribbon tab is now placed 7th after the Slide Show Ribbon tab. Similarly, you can reorder any of the Ribbon tabs.
    13. Ribbon tab reordered
      Figure 7: Ribbon tab reordered
    14. To remove a custom tab, just select and right-click it to bring up a contextual menu, as shown in Figure 8, below. Then select the Remove option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 8.
    15. Remove the selected tab
      Figure 8: Remove the selected tab
    16. Note: Notice that the right-click menu also contains the Move Up and Move Down options, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 8.
    17. When done, click the OK button within the PowerPoint Options dialog box to get back to PowerPoint interface.

    See Also:

    Working with the Ribbon (Reorder and Remove Tabs) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
    Working with the Ribbon (Reorder and Remove Tabs) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
    Working with the Ribbon (Reorder and Remove Tabs) in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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