How to show the Developer tab in the Ribbon

The Ribbon in Word 2007 and later versions of Word has a Developer tab that is turned off by default. To access the functionality of the Developer tab, you need to show it. Below you can learn how to show the Developer tab.

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How to show the Developer tab in Word 2010, Word 2013 and Word 2016

  1. Select File tab > Options > Customize Ribbon (see 1 in Figure 1).
  2. In the right side of the Word Options dialog box, select Main Tabs (see 2 in Figure 1) and turn on Developer (see 3 in Figure 1).
Turn on the Developer tab in Word 2010 and Word 2013

Figure 1. How to turn on the Developer tab in Word 2010 and Word 2013.

  1. Click OK.

Now the Developer tab will appear in the Ribbon:

The Developer tab is shown

Figure 2. The Developer tab is shown. Select Document Template if you want to see a list of currently loaded add-ins or see which template is attached to the active document.

How to show the Developer tab in Word 2007

  1.  Select Office Button > Word Options > Popular category (see 1 in Figure 3).
  2. Turn on Show Developer tab in the Ribbon (see 2 in Figure 3).
Turn on the Developer tab in Word 2007

Figure 3. How to turn on the Developer tab in Word 2007.

  1. Click OK.

Now the Developer tab will appear in the Ribbon (see Figure 2).