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22Mar/060

Turning off the “getting started” taskpane in Word 2003

Everyone hates the fscking paperclip. You all know what I'm talking about, it's that stupid little popup that gets in your way when you're trying to do your work in a microsoft office program.

Microsoft finally retired their friendly bane-of-every-office-workers-life with Office 2003, only to replace with the "Task Pane".

Yes, the "Microsoft Bob" inspired paperclip has grown up and gotten fat - it now takes up a whole sidebar of workspace and covers your document, forcing you to close it.

Every time.

It comes back every time you start the program. If Dante could rewrite the inferno, I'm sure this type of "we know best" functionality is part of the first level.

To turn it off for good, go to tools->options->view tab and uncheck "startup task pane."

I've recorded a breif, funny tutorial on this, so you can see exactly what to click.

Your done, it's gone for good! Well, until you start excel for the first time, that's a whole 'nother program. Have fun.

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