How to show the Developer tab in Word

In this article you will learn how to add the Developer tab in Word so it is shown in the Ribbon. The Developer tab includes commands that are not available in other tabs in Word – but the tab is turned off by default so you need to turn it on to get access to the commands.

The steps to follow to add the Developer tab to the Ribbon depend on your version of Word (get help to find your version of Word).

How to show the Developer tab in Word 2010 and newer versions of Word

Follow the steps below if you have Word 2010, Word 2013, Word 2016, Word 2019, or Word for Microsoft 365.

  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).
  3. Click OK.​​
How to turn on the Developer tab in Word 2010 and newer versions of Word.

Figure 1. How to turn on the Developer tab in Word 2010 and newer versions of Word.

Now the Developer tab will appear in the Ribbon:

The Developer tab in Word added to the Ribbon - from Word for Microsoft 365

Figure 2. The Developer tab has been added in Word and is shown in the Ribbon (screen dump here from Word for Microsoft 365).

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).
  3. Click OK.​​
How to turn on the Developer tab in Word 2007

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

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