The Developer tab does not appear by default in the Ribbon in Office applications, but it is easy to add and provides advanced features like macros, ActiveX controls, and form controls to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio. How to set it up.
Why interfere with the developer tab?
When would you need the Developer tab? You can use the Developer tab to:
- Write or run macros
- Use XML commands
- Use ActiveX controls
- Create programs to use with Microsoft Office programs
- Use form controls in Microsoft Excel  Working with ShapeSheet in Microsoft Visio
- Creating New Shapes and Stencils in Microsoft Visio
After adding the Developer tab to the tape, it will be visible if you do not select the check box or reinstall a Microsoft Office program.  How to add the Developer tab to the band
In this example we show how to add the Developer tab to the band in Word. However, the steps are the same in Excel and PowerPoint. Note that you must enable the Developer tab in each app separately.
Open the "File" menu.
Click on "Options".
In the Word Options dialog box, click "Customize the tape" on the left side. Select the "Developer" check box at the far right under "Main tabs" and then click "OK".
The Developer tab is then visible in the band.
The Developer tab is not context sensitive; it should be visible no matter what you do in the app.