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    Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 - Maci

    I'm going nuts trying to figure out how to disable the little cartoon helper that pops up constantly asking me if I need help with something. I've checked every menu and submenu I can think of and see no place to turn him off.

    If someone knows, I need to be rescued badly. Thanks.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 - Maci

    In Word 2000 for Windows, if you right-click the character, one of the menus lets you configure "him" away. Not sure on the Mac, sorry.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 - Maci

    To get rid of him entirely, the following trick adapted from the Windows version will probably work: locate the "Microsoft Office 98" > "Office" > "Assistants" folder. Rename this folder to "Former Assistants" or something like that. That should stop him dead in his tracks.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    I love it, Hans. Worked like a charm. I even used your suggested folder name, which says it all. Now I can write my Christmas cards in peace.

    Jefferson--thanks for the thought. I miss the PC right-click on my Mac here at home.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    What!? Don't you like his friendly suggestions?
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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    Funny how that little pest sucks the Christmas spirit right out of me. I'd like to <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39> him a few.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    Russ - no need to miss Right Click on a Mac. If you buy a two (or more) button mouse it will work just like on a PC. If that is not an option holding down the Command key and click - same as right click.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    Hi, Bowlie. Pardon the late reply, but I've been out of the office for a couple of weeks.

    Thanks for the tip. I don't deal with text much on my Mac, so I'm not familiar with a lot of the basic mouse and typing stuff.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    Hans

    It beats me why people didn't replace the irrepressibly smarmy Clippy the paperclip with another of the possible "assistant" characters, like Rocky the dog or Karu the Dolphin or Links the cat. All of these were perfectly acceptable (although their files are a small number of Megabytes in size!).
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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    John,

    Many users (me included) object to the very idea of an "assistant", whether in the form of a paperclip, robot, dog, cat, wizard, or whatever. He/she/it takes up space, is intrusive and makes searching the online help even more frustrating than it already is since Microsoft decided to use HTML help.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    Yes, but... When I'm really bored, I like to right-click on the cat (my fave) and animate him. Please remember that I mentioned being really bored before I'll do this. <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    I know what you mean. I once wrote a macro to let the assistant perform all animations after each other. But normally, I leave him/her/it completely turned off.

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    I'm not alone! <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21> I have to confess that I normally leave it turned off, too, because it's so useless. (Except, of course, for the amusement value.)

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    Re: Turning off cartoon help character (Word 98 -

    The one use I found for the Assistant is that when you click on it, everything in the text box is selected & you can begin typing. When I press F1 for the Help dialog box, I have manually click or click & drag to put the cursor in the correct place to begin typing.
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