How can I make a minimized Office ribbon to drop-down on hover over a tab and disappear after the mouse leaves it?
Among other annoyances, one of the worst usability disadvantages of the Office ribbon interface over traditional menus is its lack of reaction on mouse hover.
You can hide it by double-clicking on a tab (since you don't want it to take half of your already small laptop screen). But then each time you need a command, you have to click on a tab for the ribbon to drop-down over your document, then click on the command you need, and then click on the tab again for the ribbon to get out of your way.
The two additional clicks are enough cognitive load and distraction to feel as a major annoyance when you need three clicks instead of one several hundred times a day.
So the question is whether we can get back for the Office ribbon the behavior of a menu: open on hover and disappear after use.
I know I can leave the ribbon all time open, but I do need my screen for things more useful than a huge ribbon full of buttons I never use.
Note: I am OK with VBA or Auto-It / AutoHotKey or Perl / DDE scripting.