Display and Organize the
The ribbon is displayed horizontally or vertically.
The horizontal ribbon
is displayed across the top of the file window. You can dock the
vertical ribbon to the left or right of the application window.
The vertical ribbon can
also float in the file window or on a second monitor.
Ribbon Tabs and Panels
The ribbon is composed
of a series of panels, which are organized into tabs labeled by
task. Ribbon panels contain many of the same tools and controls available
in toolbars and dialog boxes.
Some ribbon panels display
a dialog box related to that panel. An icon in the lower-right corner
of the panel indicates that you can display a related dialog box.
Click the icon to display the associated dialog box.
To specify which ribbon tabs and panels are
displayed, right-click the ribbon and, on the shortcut menu, click
or clear the names of tabs or panels.
If you pull a panel off
of a ribbon tab and into the drawing area or onto another monitor,
that panel floats where you placed it. The floating panel remains
open until you return it to the ribbon, even if you switch ribbon tabs.
An arrow to the right
of a panel title indicates that you can expand the panel to display
additional tools and controls. By default, an expanded panel closes automatically
when you click another panel. To keep a panel expanded, click the
push pin icon in the bottom-left corner of the expanded panel.
Contextual Ribbon Tabs
When you execute some
commands, a special contextual ribbon tab is displayed instead of
a toolbar or dialog box. The contextual tab is closed when you end
To display the ribbon
To close the ribbon
To minimize the ribbon
- Click the ribbon minimize button to the
right of the ribbon tabs.
- The minimize behavior cycles through
the following minimize options:
- Minimize to Tabs: Minimizes
the ribbon so that only tab titles are displayed.
- Minimize to Panel Titles: Minimizes
the ribbon so that only tab and panel titles are displayed.
- Show Full Ribbon: Displays
tabs and full panels, including controls.
To display or hide a ribbon panel
- Right-click anywhere inside the ribbon.
Under Panels, click or clear the name of a panel.
the 3D Modeling workspace, both the Home and Render tabs include additional
panels that are turned off by default.
To return a floating panel to the ribbon
- Hover over the right side of the floating
panel and click the Return Panels to Ribbon icon.