Tame your computer: task pane tricks


Software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer' in her weekly series written for Cambridge Network members.

This week she describes some useful Task Pane tricks (Microsoft Office 2002 and beyond) ...

First things first ... what's a task pane? Well, they're 'helper windows' on the right (or left) side of your screen and they were introduced in Office XP (2002). They can help you perform certain tasks such as starting a new document, asking a Help question, or pasting your copied items into any Office document.

With more and more clients using the latest version of Office, I found out some excellent shortcuts when using the Task Pane:

1. F1 - Display the Help task pane.

2. CTRL+F1 - Return to the last task pane you used (or close the task pane completely)

3. Home button on the task pane - Open the Getting Started task pane which gives you easy access to your recently used files.

4. Press CTRL+C twice - Open the Clipboard task pane

By the way, if you've just upgraded, don't be tempted to close down the task pane immediately, never to be opened up again. (At least, not intentionally. ;-)

You probably know it takes about 21 days to break a habit and replace it with a new one (Why 21 days? Who knows, but it works!) - so stick at it!

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4 August 2005

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd. Contact her by email Karen@roem.co.uk or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk.


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support