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    Word 2003 task Pane (11.5604.5703)

    Every time I start Word, the task Pane appears on the right hand side of the screen. How do I customize Word so that the Task pane will not automatically appear, but, rather, be available only on request ?

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    Re: Word 2003 task Pane (11.5604.5703)

    I don't have Word 2003, but in 2002, this is the first setting in the View tab of Tools | Options... But if Word 2003 is anything like 2002, the Task Pane will pop up automatically in many situations.

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    Re: Word 2003 task Pane (11.5604.5703)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 24-Nov-03 16:55. Note: This is for Word 2002. I have no experience with 2003.)</P>The pane comes up for File>New... and for Format>Styles... You can customize Word so that these common operations use the dialogs from earlier versions of Word. (This takes a bit of doing, but it is possible using a combination of customization and perhaps a macro.)

    For File>New:

    1. <LI>Open the Customize... dialog (e.g., by right-clicking the end of the menu bar and choosing it from the menu)
      <LI>On the Commands tab, select All Commands in the left box, and FileNewDialog in the right box
      <LI>Drag FileNewDialog to the File menu and position it as desired
      <LI>Right-click FileNewDialog and place an ampersand & before the N to make it the shortcut key
      <LI>Right-click the "other" New... on the file dialog and remove the & before the N so that it will not be triggered
      <LI>Close the Customize... dialog and remember to save changes to Normal.dot if asked
    For Format>Styles:

    I created a macro to display the old dialog, and then customized the menus in a similar manner (choosing Macros in the left box and Normal.NewMacros.FormatStylesOld in the right box; your naming may vary). The macro code is:

    Sub FormatStylesOld()
    Dialogs(wdDialogFormatStyle).Show
    End Sub

    However, I have found that modifying the tabs in a style definition using the old Styles dialog can fail to stick or cause problems, so I would recommend caution here.

    As for other times the Task Pane might open... they don't occur often enough to annoy me. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Word 2003 task Pane (11.5604.5703)

    I found a solution that works at www.wordforums.com, so I thought I would pass it on. Here is the solution, which involves a regedit.

    "Navigate to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice11.0Common General

    Look for the key:
    DoNotDismissFileNewTaskPane

    The value is probably 1. Change it to 0.

    Exit regedit and give it a try. You may need to toggle it the "Startup Task Pane" on/off in the options menu before it takes effect."

    I did not need to toggle, etc. As soon as I loaded Word, the Task pane no longer appeared, but was available through the View Toolbar

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    Re: Word 2003 task Pane (11.5604.5703)

    This value sounds as though it was intended for another purpose, but if it works for you, that's great. I just wonder what else might be affected?

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