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2. The Word Workspace > 9. Tweak the New Document Task Pane

Tweak the New Document Task Pane

The jury’s still out on the Task Pane introduced in Word 2002, and poor documentation along with bad behavior has only hurt its case. This hack offers some tips on taming the worst offender: the New Document pane.

Many users find the New Document pane a welcome relief from the clutter of the Templates dialog, which is packed with obscure tabs (as shown in Figure 2-18). Others—particularly those who use many different templates—abhor the extra step needed to get to the Templates dialog, now that the Task Pane comes first. But like it or not, you expect the Task Pane to behave as advertised. Yeah, right.

The Templates dialog grows more crowded with each release
Figure 2-18. The Templates dialog grows more crowded with each release

Disabling the Task Pane When Word Starts


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