How to Add the Developer Tab in Office Apps

Sooner or later, you will need the Developer Tab in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook. Even if you know nothing about programming, there are buttons on the Developer tab that are necessary for some of the clever features in Office.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 28, 2021

Sooner or later, you will need the Developer Tab in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook. Even if you know nothing about programming, there are buttons on the Developer tab that are necessary for some of the clever features in Office.

The Developer tab is not displayed by default, but you can add it to the ribbon in a few easy steps.

This is for devices running Microsoft Office

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First, open an Office app, like Word, and any document. Now, right-click within any Tab in the Ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. Refer to below image:

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Select Customize the Ribbon option

Next, in the right-hand side, select All Tabs from the drop down menu and simply checkmark the Developer tab box. Now, select OK to enable the Developer tab. See below image:

Ribbon 2
Enable the Developer tab

Next, exit your Office app, restart the app and load your document. You will see the Developer tab in your ribbon. Just click the tab to view its options. See following image:

Ribbon 3
Your Developer tab

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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