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How to add the Developer tab to ribbon in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2024-04-19

The Developer tab is not visible by default in Microsoft Outlook, which can be an obstacle if you need to record or run macros, choose or design forms. This guide will show you how to add the Developer tab to the Ribbon in Microsoft Outlook, enabling you to access these advanced features easily.

Enable the Developer tab on the ribbon in Outlook 2010-2021 and 365

Enable the Developer tab on the ribbon in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleEnable the Developer tab on the ribbon in Outlook 2010-2021 and 365

To add the Developer tab on the ribbon in Microsoft Outlook 2010 through 2021, as well as in Outlook 365, please do as following:

Step 1: Click the File tab on the ribbon and select Options.

Step 2: In the Outlook Options dialog box, click Customize Ribbon on the left bar.

Step 3: In the Customize the Classic Ribbon section, select the Main Tabs option and check the box next to the Developer tab.

Step 4: Click OK.

Then you will get back to the main look of Microsoft Outlook, and you can see the Developer Tab is added on the Ribbon.

arrow blue right bubbleEnable the Developer tab in Message/Appointment/Contact Window of Outlook 2007

Although it's impossible to show the ribbon in Outlook 2007's main interface, we can add the Developer tab in the Message window, Appointment window, Contact window, etc. Here I will take the Message window for example.

Step 1: Create a new email message by clicking File > New > Mail Message.

Step 2: Click the Office Button at the upper-left corner > Editor Options in the Message window.

Step 3: In the popping up Editor Options dialog box, click Popular in the left pane, check the option next to Show Developer tab in the Ribbon, and click the OK button.


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THANKS SO MUCH, FINALLY, I knew it was here in 2007 but I couldn't seem to find it. Not much info on the net about outlook 2007 anymore.
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