Chapter I.4. Busting Out Your Toolbox

In This Chapter

  • Taking hold of the Toolbox

  • Working with the Object Palette

  • Using the all-mighty Scrapbook

  • Working with Reference Tools

  • Checking compatibility

  • Managing the Project Palette

In this chapter, we explore the things you can do with Office 2008's Toolbox. In addition to the Toolbox, Office 2008 is blessed with many Mac-only floating context-sensitive palettes. Many new palettes have been added to the Toolbox, and the Toolbox organization has changed from previous Office editions. With Office 2008's new ability to customize the Toolbox, you'll love palettes now more than ever.

Taking a Look Inside the Toolbox


Seven is a lucky number, so it's fitting that Toolbox in Office usually has seven distinct tabs chock-full of options, ready at a moment's notice for you to use. And if you're wondering what the Toolbox is, it's the floating tools palette that provides you with umpteen options. The exact tools you see at any given time are context-sensitive and vary depending upon what's currently selected, what view you're using, and which application you're currently using. Figure 4-1 shows Excel's default Toolbox when turned on in a new, blank workbook (access the Toolbox by clicking the Toolbox button on Excel's toolbar). The title of the Toolbox displays the name of the currently selected tool. Each tab represents a different tool in the Toolbox palette.

Turning the Toolbox on and off is a simple matter. Click the red Close button in the upper left ...

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