Troubleshoot Help

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ShowI can't access the content on Microsoft Office Online.

To access content on the Microsoft Office Online site, you must have access to the Internet (Internet: A worldwide network of thousands of smaller computer networks and millions of commercial, educational, government, and personal computers. The Internet is like an electronic city with virtual libraries, stores, art galleries, and so on.), and you must have an Internet account through an Internet service provider (ISP) (ISP: A business that provides access to the Internet for such things as electronic mail, chat rooms, or use of the World Wide Web. Some ISPs are multinational, offering access in many locations, while others are limited to a specific region.).

To test your Internet connection, click Microsoft Office Online on the Help menu. This will open the Microsoft Office Online Web page in your browser. If you are able to connect this site, but are unable to see links to Microsoft Office Online in your program, check your online content settings by doing the following:

  1. On the Help menu, click Microsoft <Program Name> Help to display the <Program Name> Help task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.).
  2. Under See also in the task pane, click Online Content Settings.
  3. In the Service Options dialog box, make sure the Show content and links from Microsoft Office Online check box is selected, and select any additional online content check boxes you want.

If you are unable to connect to the Microsoft Office Online site, one of the following may be your problem:

ShowThe Search Results task pane doesn't show the help I want.

The variety and amount of content returned in the Search Results task pane is affected by your Internet (Internet: A worldwide network of thousands of smaller computer networks and millions of commercial, educational, government, and personal computers. The Internet is like an electronic city with virtual libraries, stores, art galleries, and so on.) connection (whether or not you have one), your online content settings, and your search scope. The content returned is shown in order of relevance. The most likely answer to your question appears first in the list. If you cannot find the help you want, try these steps in the order in which they appear:

ShowThe Office Assistant is distracting.

  • Try one of the following:

ShowChoose a different Assistant

  1. Right-click the Assistant, and then click Choose Assistant on the shortcut menu.
  2. On the Gallery tab, click Back or Next to see the available Assistants.

 Note   Some Assistants are more active than others. The Office Logo is the least active of the Assistants.

ShowLimit the movements of the Office Assistant

  1. Click the Assistant, and then click Options.
  2. On the Options tab, clear the Move when in the way check box.

 Note   Clearing this option also limits the movement of floating toolbars.

ShowMove the Assistant

  • Drag the Assistant to another location on your screen.

ShowHide the Assistant

  • On the Help menu, click Hide the Office Assistant.

ShowTurn off the Assistant

  1. Click the Assistant, and then click Options.
  2. On the Options tab, clear the Use the Office Assistant check box.

ShowTurn off the Assistant's sounds

  1. Click the Assistant, and then click Options.
  2. On the Options tab, clear the Make sounds check box.

ShowThe Office Assistant is not displaying programming Help topics

The Office Assistant displays only Help topics about using your Office 2003 program when you're in the non-programming part of the product. It displays only programming Help topics when you're in the programming part of the product.

You can search for both non-programming and programming topics at the same time.

ShowHow?

  1. Make sure you are in the programming part of the product.
  2. Click the Assistant, and then click Options.
  3. On the Options tab, select the Search for both product and programming Help when programming check box.

ShowThe Office Assistant balloon disappeared.

Try one or more of the following:

  • Click the Office Assistant and the Assistant balloon will appear.
  • A tip or message balloon might appear in front of another balloon. Close the balloon in front to see the one behind it.
  • Some message balloons close automatically when you click in the Office program window. These are informational messages that don't require a response.

For example, when you check spelling, a message tells you when you're finished. You won't see this type of message again unless you repeat the action that causes it to appear — for example, when you check spelling again.

ShowThe Office Assistant prevents me from working.

When some messages are displayed, either by the Office Assistant or without the Assistant, you may not be able to work in Microsoft Office until you close the message. These are important messages that require a response from you.

  • Click an option button in the message displayed to continue to work in the Office program.
  • If the message is no longer displayed but a tip or Help topic is, click anywhere in the program window to display the message again.
 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003