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    Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    I am working to check entries made from a long table, keeping track by changing table rows to a background fill color after I have checked them.

    From time to time, when I click on a table row in the left margin to select it prior to applying a fill color, I get a style pane (size ~ 1/8 of a full screen), which requires closure before I can proceed. I don't want to ever see this pane, but I can't find where/how to turn it off.

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    Re: Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    What is the caption of the task pane that appears?

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    Re: Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    If you are selecting the row just to shade it, you are working too hard. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Try a macro along these lines:

    <code>Sub ShadeRowLightYellow()
    If Not Selection.Information(wdWithInTable) Then
    MsgBox "Click in a table row first in order to shade it, then try again.", vbOKOnly + vbInformation
    Exit Sub
    End If
    With Selection
    .SelectRow
    With .Cells
    With .Shading
    .Texture = wdTextureNone
    .ForegroundPatternColor = wdColorAutomatic
    .BackgroundPatternColor = wdColorLightYellow
    End With
    End With
    End With
    End Sub</code>

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    Re: Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    Do you have the “Style Area” open when you are working with this table? If so, and you accidentally double-click on a style name in that area, a Styles window will open. It opens in the middle of the screen, for me, and it can be closed by hitting Escape (or clicking the X in the upper right corner of the window).

    If that is what is happening, you could work with the Style Area off (closed) -- there’d be no style names to accidentally click on that way.

    To close the Style Area, drag its vertical right borderline all the way to the left and just drop it off the cliff. (To open it, go to “Tools--Options--View--Outline and Normal options--Style area width”.)
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    The only other possibility I can think of, to explain what is happening, is that you have discovered a trigger that opens the Style Area. Very Indiana Jones! (Or maybe it’s common knowledge to others, but it’s not to me -- and I sure would like to know how it’s done.)

    Do you happen to have a toolbar docked on that left-hand side? Is it a single click or a double that opens this thing?

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    Re: Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    "Style". Unfortunately I can't take a screen shot of it due to the computer location.

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    Re: Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    Jscher2000: Huh. That would be easier than a click in the left margin and a click of the paint bucket? I will try it. Thanks for the code.

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    Re: Style Pane Turnoff (Word 2003 SP1)

    pingdat: I will investigate and report. Thanks for the insight!

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