Moving around in task panes

Task panes in Microsoft Office 2003 help you get your work done, bringing the tools you need right up close to your work. Task panes open automatically when you perform certain tasks, such as start a new document, ask for Help, or insert clip art. There may be times when you want to open a task pane on your own.

Open the task pane

  • On the View menu, click Task Pane.

In Microsoft Outlook®, press F1 to open the Outlook Help task pane.

Here are a few tips for navigating in the task panes to show you how to get from one task pane to another as quickly as possible and how to close the task pane when you are finished working with it and want to free the screen space.

Task pane navigation buttons

Callout 1 To move the task pane, drag the move handle to the new location.
Callout 2 To select another task pane, click the Other Task Panes list (the task pane name at the top of the task pane is actually a drop-down list), and then click the task pane you want. You can also press CTRL+SPACE to open this list if the task pane is active. The task pane is active when you open it or click in it.
Callout 3 To navigate forward or back through the panes you have been working with, click Forward or Back.
Callout 4 If your Office program has a Getting Started task pane, click Home to open it.
Callout 5 To close the task pane, click Close. To open the task pane again, click Task Pane on the View menu. To open or close the task pane, you can also press CTRL+F1.

Moving a task pane

The task pane behaves like a toolbar in the way that you can move it around on the screen, dock (docked: Fixed to the top, bottom, or side of the window. You can dock a task pane, the toolbox, the menu bar, and all toolbars.) the task pane horizontally or vertically, or leave it floating on the screen.

  • To move the task pane, drag the move handle to the new location. If you drag the task pane to the edge of the program window, it becomes docked. You can dock a task pane horizontally (at the top or bottom of the program window) or vertically (at the left or right side of the program window).
  • To change the width of a vertically docked task pane or the height of a horizontally docked task pane, move the pointer over the outside edge until it changes to a double-headed arrow, and then drag the edge of the task pane to the new size.
  • To change the height and width of a floating task pane, move the pointer over any edge until it changes to a double-headed arrow, and then drag the edge of the task pane to the new size.
 
 
Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, InfoPath 2003, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003