Whatever you think of the Word 2007 ribbon interface, it's hard to deny that it can be distracting when you're trying to actually write, as opposed to messing around with formatting. Microsoft's Word blog outlines techniques for getting rid of on-screen junk by minimising the ribbon, switch to Web layout and disabling other elements of the Windows interface. My own take is that you're better off using the Draft mode for truly distraction-free writing; check our previous advice on how to set draft mode as the permanent default view.
Strip Word's Interface Back For More Effective Writing
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