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    Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    I have unchecked the option 'startup task pane' several times but it doesn't seem to stick (esp between reboots). I must be missing something. How do I keep this option from having a mind of its own?

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Try the Task Pane Controller from the Word MVP site (download link near the bottom of that page.)

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Got it. Thanks.

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Well I was a bit premature. I got the file (exe). It contains another file but no extension. I feel ignorant for sure - how does one actually use this?

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Start Word.
    Select Tools | Options...
    Activate the File Locations tab.
    Note the startup path. If it's too long, click Modify, then drop down the Look in list to see the complete path. On Windows XP, the default setting is

    Cocuments and Settings<username>Application DataMicrosoftWordStartup

    Quit Word.
    Copy the file you got out of the exe to this folder. You must show hidden files and folders, for Application Data is hidden.
    Start Word; the add-in should be loaded automatically. It will probably add a menu item (I can't test, for the file refuses to download to my PC.)

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    The file that is in the exe is "TaskPaneController.exe_extracted"; note, NO extension. I did as you suggested but I can't find anything that remotely resembles a menu item or dialog as indicated in the Word MVP page.

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    I don't think that is the correct file, but as I wrote, I can't test at the moment since I can't download the .exe (some kind of company policy.) If nobody else reacts, I'll try later on, on another computer.

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Hi, I just downloaded the file and ran it ( after closing Outlook as it prompted) and it just installed it staight into word for me.

    Are you sure you got the right file? I can post it as a zip if you like, and if that's ok in the lounge? (72.k)

    I was thinking of sticking :

    Application.TaskPanes(wdTaskPaneFormatting).Visibl e = False

    in the open of the normal template or something like that as an alternative but wouldnt be sure where abouts that would go.

    Strangely I have writted code to turn it on in certain situations, as mine stays off normally !
    Thanks,

    pmatz

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by tony55 on 27-May-04 15:36. size of file added)</P>Just tried it, 1 file downloaded called TaskPaneController.exe
    Size of file 82,432 bytes. Running this program opened up Word and added an option to the Tools menu called "Task Pane Controller"

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Strange. I went to http://word.mvps.org/faqs/customizat...owTaskPane.htm to get the d/l. Nothing on the page said anything about closing outlook. After your message I closed OL and tried again. Same result.

    If this is where you went, then yes, please send a zip since obviously I've got a problem somewhere. In meantime I will reboot and try again anyway (rebooting didn't help).

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    Hi Colonel, paste this into your browser, this is the download that Hans pointed to. Upon execution it propmts you to close Outlook, this should work.

    http://word.mvps.org/Downloads/TaskPaneController.exe
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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    I think I'm going nuts! Tried entering your link and claim is it can't find site or file.

    http://word.mvps.org/Downloads/TaskPaneController.exe

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    If you can't get that Add-In to work, you can make the change yourself in the Registry.

    Requisite warning about being careful when editing the registry. Just take it slow. You're making a real minor change here.

    Go to Start -> Run, and Run regedit.exe

    Navigate to:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice11.0Common General

    Select the "DoNotDismissFileNewTaskPane" key. Change its value from 1 to 0.

    Exit regedit and restart Word. Word will now follow whatever setting you have for the Task Pane in Tools->Options->View

    HTH

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    Re: Stopping Task Pane from Opening (2003)

    To make sure, clear the contents of the address box in the address toolbar of your browser completely before pasting the address Matz posted. I am on my home PC now, and downloaded the .exe from that address without a problem. Download to a folder of your choice, then start the .exe from there. Attached is a screenshot of the dialog that appears.
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