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OFFXP: No Apparent Keyboard Command to Close the Task Pane

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When you use keyboard commands to open the task pane in a Microsoft Office XP program (press ALT+F, and then press N), you may be unable to close it with a keyboard command as expected.

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To close the task pane with keyboard commands, follow these steps:
  1. Start any Office XP program, and then press ALT+V.

    Notice that the View menu opens.
  2. Press the letter T to select Toolbars.

    Notice that the Toolbars menu opens.
  3. Repeatedly press the DOWN ARROW key to select Task Pane.
  4. Press ENTER. The task pane closes.

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To close the task pane using the mouse pointer, click the Close button in the top right corner of the task pane.

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More information

Task panes are a new feature in Office XP. They appear as fixed dialog boxes set to the side of the screen in an Office XP program. Task panes provide a common area for those commands that may require more information or options than a simple toolbar can provide.

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Keywords: KB280540, kbprb

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Article Info
Article ID : 280540
Revision : 6
Created on : 1/29/2007
Published on : 1/29/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 383