Many Task Panes in One

Are you using Office XP or 2003? Ever notice how the Task Pane switches from the New Document list to another feature, such as inserting clip art, when you activate them? Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to get the Task Pane to switch any time you’d like?

If you’re thinking it might not be a bad idea to understand the “little monster” to the right of your document just a little bit better, take a look at the top of the Task Pane. See the down arrow just to the left of the X that closes it?

Go ahead and click on that down arrow.

A list of different features will open, allowing you to choose the part of the Task Pane you need.

Select one.

Obviously, the New Document material has disappeared. You could use the down arrow to get it back, but you don’t have to. (You don’t want it to be too far away though, because it can be pretty helpful).

Take a look in the left corner of the Task Pane’s title bar.

The left and right arrows will let you switch between the feature you just chose and the New Document Task Pane.

There you have it. Control over the Task Pane like you’ve never seen before!

~ April