How to get the Task Pane?


When customizing Word XP, if you disable the Wizards and Templates (make them Not Available from Change Features in Add/Remove), you can develop your own set of templates and even have them in different sub-folders under c:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\Subfolder Name. We customize templates for each of our different companies. Then you go to Tools/Options/File Locations/ and make sure the Templates section is directed to where you are storing your new, customized templates. My question is: When you click on File/New, it launches the Task Pane. Then you have to click on General Templates to get to the set of customized subfolders. I found (or developed) a toobar button to add to my Standard Toolbar, next to my NewPage button, that looks the same but has a drop-down pick of NewBlankDocument, NewEmail, NewWebPage, or Other. If you select Other, you end up at your customized subfolders. It's really neat and much less frustrating to the new XP user (who isn't used to the Task Pane popping up), but I can't remember how I did it before. Any Ideas?


This question was answered on March 8, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The Startup task pane In Access 2002, this task pane is called the New File task pane In Excel 2002, this is the New Workbook task pane In PowerPoint 2002, this is the New Presentation task pane In Publisher 2002, this is the New Publication task pane In Word 2002, this is the New Document task pane In FrontPage 2002, this is the New Page or Web task pane.

The Search task pane

The Clipboard task pane

The Insert Clip Art task pane

The Startup task pane is the default task pane for the Office programs listed at the beginning of this article Be default, it appears to the right of the document window when you start your Office program (In Publisher 2002, the New Publication task pane appears by default on the left.) You can change the startup location of this task pane, as well as stop it from appearing when you start an Office program.

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Posted by ricardo of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 8, 2003