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2. The Word Workspace > 12. Hack the Office Assistant

Hack the Office Assistant

Keep Clippit—Microsoft’s annoying computer help character—on a short leash with the techniques shown in this hack.

Ironically, the Office Assistant can be one of the more difficult features to manage in Word. But the Assistant can also be a powerful way to deliver a message to the user of a macro. The following examples take sort of an aikido approach: turning the power of its irritation to a positive end.

Banishing the Assistant

Among the more common reactions to the Assistant are requests to get rid of the wretched thing, immediately and permanently. So for many users, including the following line of code in an AutoExec macro [Hack #60] is the quickest way to a Clippit-free life:


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