How to enable the Developer tab in Word?

The Developer tab needs to be enabled in the Ribbon if you want to use the ActiveX controls, record Macros, code in Visual Basic, write XML commands, run macros, enforce document protection, etc. in Word. By default, the Developer tab is not made available in the Ribbon. You can enable it from Word Options.

In Word 2007

  1. Click the Office button and then click the Word Options button from the bottom of the drop-down list. The Word Options dialog box appears.
  2. From the Word Options dialog box, click the category Popular from the category list pane on the left hand side.
  3. On the right hand side, under the section heading “Top options for working with Word section”, select the check box for the option “Show developer tab in the ribbon”.
  4. Click OK.

In Word 2010

  1. Click the File tab. A drop-down list appears.
  2. From the drop-down list, click Options. The Word Options dialog box appears.
  3. On the dialog box, click category Customize Ribbon from the category list.
  4. On the right-hand-side pane, under Main Tabs, select the Developer check box.


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4 thoughts on “How to enable the Developer tab in Word?

    • Thanks.

      You can achieve the numbering pattern easily. Please follow the same steps as described in the article. Only for the first level heading, while selecting the numbering format, in the “Enter formatting for number” field, select A, B, C, ….instead of 1, 2, 3….That’s all. The rest of the steps are similar.

  1. Do you know if there is a way to use the developer to only give the option to ‘highlight’ words in a colour – ie words that a students knows on a set grid of words?


    • Hi Olivia,

      If I understood you correctly, ‘you want to search a particular word or words in a document, and then highlight all such word/words with a specific color in a single step.” If this is your query, you can very well do so using the “Find and Replace” option. No need to use VBA programming.

      Open your document and then press CTRL+F. The ‘Find & Replace’ dialog box appears. Click the button More >> to expand the dialog box. Click the tab Replace from the top. Type the word to search in the field Find What. Place your mouse cursor in the field Replace With. Then, click the Format button available at the bottom of the dialog box. A menu appears. From the menu, click option Font. The Find Font dialog box appears. Here you select the color you want to apply to the searched word/words. Click OK. In the Find and Replace dialog box, click the button Replace All button. You can see, MS Word applies the chosen color to all the words appearing in the document.

      If this does not any help to you or you have a different query, please do let me know!!


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