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Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft® Office Excel 2003 in 24 Hours by Trudi Reisner

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Examining the Task Pane

Certain Excel commands display a task pane automatically. However, when you want to display or hide a task pane, you can choose View, Task Pane.

The task pane is a small separate window that enables you to perform common Excel commands more efficiently. You can use the commands on the task pane while you are working on your files.

Types of Task Panes

Table 1.2 lists the most commonly used task panes in Excel and describes their functions.

Table 1.2. Some of Excel's Commonly Used Task Panes
Task PaneWhat It's Used For
HomeIncludes commands for opening and creating workbooks, and searching for Excel information at the Microsoft Web site.
HelpProvides a way to get help on any Excel topic.
Search ResultsLets you search for text ...

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