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Part 1. Getting Started > Using the Task Pane

Using the Task Pane

If the task pane isn't already visible, open the View menu and choose Task Pane to display it.

To open a new file, click the Create a New Workbook link in the task pane. You can also use the links in this area to access an online template from Microsoft.com.

INTRODUCTION

If you recently installed Excel, the task pane might be displayed when you start the application. The task pane simply offers additional ways to quickly perform common tasks in Excel, get help, find files, and much more. As you work in Excel, additional task panes become active depending on what tasks you are performing.


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Resizing the task pane

If you find yourself frequently using the task pane and want constant access to it, you can slightly decrease its size so that it doesn't take up as much of your workbook area. Simply move the mouse pointer over the left-most edge of the task pane; when the pointer changes to a two-pointed arrow, click and drag the edge of the pane to the left (bigger) or to the right (smaller).


Click on the down arrow at the top of the task pane to view the other task panes available to you.

Click the Task pane's Close button, located at the top of the pane, to close it.


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