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5. Microsoft Office > 5.1. General Office Advice

General Office Advice

The hints in this section apply to all the Microsoft Office programs.

Killing Clippy

Microsoft’s infamous "Clippy”—an overly eager animated paperclip (Figure 5-1) that pops up when it thinks you need help—may well be the single most reviled computer feature of all time. The character is supposed to provide useful tips as you work. Instead, it slows down your work, and even though it’s a paperclip, it makes an array of obnoxious facial expressions. You can bump off Clippy from within any Office program by choosing Help Hide the Office Assistant.

Turning Off the Office Clipboard

Even if you never use the Office Clipboard, which pastes text into Office files, it may still pop up occasionally, like if you press Ctrl+Insert twice in a row by accident. While some people like using the Clipboard, others find it intrusive. If you’re among the annoyed, you can turn off the Office Clipboard so it never pops up. A simply Registry edit is the way to go.


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