There's a new wizard on MsWizards. Some quotes from the site:

The Task Pane Wizard for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and FrontPage (XP and 2003) turns the Office Task Pane into a powerful document, template and web site launcher.

One wizard works with all major Office applications
Open any favorite document, workbook, presentation, database, or web page with one click
Add your most used templates, and create new files in a split second
Use any Office document as a template, and create a 'clone' of it
Add your favorite web sites, and visit them without starting your browser first
Manage your file and template history
Control the way the Task Pane is displayed