Where did my Ribbon Bar commands go?

Some time and somehow over the last couple of days, my Outlook email started showing up with the Ribbon Bar tabs appearing but none of the commands underneath them. To do anything with my email, I had to click the Messages tab to get all the related commands. Since this had One Minute Office Magic tip written all over it, I decided to figure out what I did and how to fix it.

Quick Note: While I’m using Outlook as my example, this relates to all of the Office products, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote…

So here I have a typical email, except for the fact that I don’t have any of my Messages commands and tabs showing up for me:


With a little digging, I found that the first icon in the upper right corner controls how the Ribbon Bar displays. You can set it to either Auto-hide Ribbon, Show Tabs (which is what I had inadvertently selected), or Show Tabs and Commands (which is what I was used to):


Once I selected the Show Tabs and Commands option, I got back to my normal display of all the relevant Message commands I need when processing an email:


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