Excel 2002/2003 and the other Office programs add a new feature to the application window, the Task Pane. This pane displays at the right of your document and changes, based on what you are doing. Its purpose is to give you easy access to frequently used commands related to what you are doing.
Different Panes for Different Tasks
There are several different sets of commands that display in the Task Pane. Some are available for all Office programs, and some are specific to the program you are in. Excel does not have many panes that are special to it, while Word has several.
Managing the Task Pane
All of the Office XP programs will show the New document pane first, by default. In the case of Excel, it is called New Workbook. Other programs use an appropriate name for that program, such as New Document for Word and New Page or Web for FrontPage.
In Office 2003, the Getting Started pane shows first, by default.
As you work, the pane will appear or change if you use certain menu commands or toolbar buttons. You can customize the toolbars to show a button for a pane that doesn't have a button in the default toolbar.
You can switch
to a different task pane
from the pane itself. Clicking the arrow at the top
of the pane will open a list of available panes for you to choose from. There
may be more
choices in a bottom section of the list, depending on which
Office program you are using.
You can hide the Task Pane by clicking
button. Be careful not to click the button that closes the document, or the
one that closes Excel. (Are we getting too many Close buttons yet??)
If the Task Pane has been closed, you can show it again with the menu
If you have a Chart sheet open in Excel, you will not see the Task Pane command on the View menu. But it is still available with| | .
You can also open the Task Pane by right clicking a toolbar and selecting
from the popup list of toolbars.
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