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    task pane

    Ihave actually managed to get XP installed and running - from the amount of correspondence in the lounge perhaps I should quit whilst I am ahead!!

    However, does anyone have any idea how I can keep the task pane visable when I open an existing document? rather than having to do something in order to get it to appear?

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    Roberta

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    Re: task pane

    Being at home, I'm uncertain... but I believe there is an icon on the left side of the formatting toolbar which looks like one (or two) bright blue italicized "A" -- that will open the formatting taskpane. I am not certain if it will remain open then throughout your session or would need reactivating.

    I'll take a look tomorrow.
    Karen

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    Re: task pane

    When you select a file or template from the New Document Task Pane, the pane immediately hides itself, so you get more space for your document. With a Registry tweak you can change this behavior, so that the Task Pane stays displayed at all times (unless you expressly close it). This setting must be made under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice10.0Common General. The value name is DoNotDismissFileNewTaskPane; the DWORD value must be 0 or 1. Note that this affects the Task Pane of all Office XP aplications. The following code creates the setting that leaves the Task Pane displayed after you've created or opened a document:

    Dim WSHShell As Object
    Set WSHShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WSHShell.RegWrite _
    "HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftOffice10.0" & _
    "CommonGeneralDoNotDismissFileNewTaskPane", _
    1, "REG_DWORD"
    Set WSHShell = Nothing

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