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Microsoft Office 2003

The Office 2003 Environment

The Office 2003 environment includes features that are aimed at making all of the Office programs more user-friendly and efficient. The following features will be explained in this document:

return to topTask Pane

Upon starting any Office 2003 program, the Task Pane is present along the right side of the window. This eliminates the need for frequent trips to the menu bar by putting commonly used functions all in one area. With the Task Pane, you can easily and efficiently create a new document, open an existing document, add clip art, or apply styles.

Showing/Hiding the Task Pane

  1. From the View menu, select Task Pane
    The Task Pane is showing if the menu choice is checked.
    Task Pane

Viewing Other Task Panes

Depending on what feature you are using, you may want to view another Task Pane.

  1. On the current Task Pane, click the down arrowDown arrow
    The Other Task Panes pull-down list appears.

  2. From the Other Task Panes pull-down list, select the desired Task Pane
    Task Pane - Other Task Panes menu

Moving the Task Pane

By default, the Task Pane is located on the right side of the window in a docked state, but it can be easily moved to another location.

The Task Pane can be either docked or floating. When the Task Pane is docked, it becomes part of the program window. When the Task Pane is floating, it is contained in its own window.

To move the Task Pane:

  1. Hold your cursor over the title bar
    The pointer now becomes a crossbar.
    Cursor position for moving the Task Pane

  2. Using the crossbar pointer, click and drag the Task Pane to the desired location
    OPTIONAL: To dock the Task Pane, drag it off the left or right edge of the screen

  3. Release the mouse button

return to topSmart Tags

Like the Task Pane, Smart Tags put commonly used functions within easy reach. A Smart Tag is a button containing a menu that appears after you perform a certain action. For example, after you paste text, a Smart Tag appears with formatting options for that text; however, the tag will disappear when you begin typing text. Smart Tags also appear with the AutoCorrect feature and when errors occur in Excel formulas. Overall, Smart Tags help to inform you of the options available in different situations when using Office 2003.

  1. To reveal your Smart Tag options, click the tag
    Press [Alt]+[Shift]+[F10]
    Example of Smart Tag and Paste options

Smart Tags and AutoCorrect

When Word AutoCorrects your text, a Smart Tag allows you to change or turn off the AutoCorrect feature. Your options and the implications are listed here using the example of automatically capitalizing the first letter of sentences. (For more information on AutoCorrect, see AutoCorrect: Corrections & Replacements.)

Option Implication
Undo Automatic Corrections Selecting this option affects only this AutoCorrect occurrence in the current document.
Stop Auto-capitalizing First Letter of Sentences Selecting this option corrects only this occurrence and turns off this option for all other occurrences in all documents.
Control AutoCorrect Options... Selecting this option takes you to the AutoCorrect dialog box, where you can make choices from multiple AutoCorrect options for all documents.

return to topSave As and Open Dialog Boxes

The Save As and Open dialog boxes include a Places Bar containing shortcuts to locations where you are likely to save files. Using the Places Bar, you may go directly to a save location rather than navigating through layers of folders. The list within the Places Bar includes the following:

My Recent Documents
Displays recently used folders and files in your profile on the C: drive

Selects the Desktop in your profile on the C: drive

My Documents
Selects the Documents folder on your H: drive

My Computer
Displays all hard drives and network drives

My Network Places
Selects the My Network Places folder in your profile

To select a shortcut from the Places Bar:

  1. From the list of locations in the Places Bar, click the appropriate icon
    Places Bar

return to topThe Help Task Pane

The Office 2003 Help system includes BACK and FORWARD buttons and a text-based Assistance pane. To get to the Help system, open the Help task pane. For information on using Office 2003 Help, refer to Using Microsoft Office Help.

Displaying the Help Task Pane: Keyboard Option

  1. To open the Help task pane, press [F1]
    The Help task pane appears.

Displaying the Help Task Pane: Button Option

  1. To open the Help task pane, on the Standard toolbar, click MICROSOFT OFFICE HELPHelp button
    The Help task pane appears.

Displaying the Help Task Pane: Menu Option

  1. From the Help menu, select Microsoft Office Word Help
    The Help task pane appears.

Displaying the Help Task Pane: Office Assistant Option

  1. From the Help menu, select Show the Office Assistant
    The Office Assistant appears.

    The What would you like to do? dialog box appears.
    NOTE: The Help task pane does not appear until you submit a search question. Then, search results are displayed in the Help task pane.

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