Changing the Office Assistant

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 3, 2018)

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Some days you feel like a paper clip, other days you feel like a genius or a dog. You can change the Office Assistant used by Word to reflect your moods, if you so desire. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. If the Office Assistant is not visible on your screen, asking you what you would like to know, press F1. If the Office Assistant still does not display, choose Show the Office Assistant from the Help menu.
  2. The Office Assistant should be displayed under a cartoon balloon that has two or three buttons at the bottom. If so, click on the Options button. If not, right-click on the Office Assistant and choose Options from the resulting Context menu. Either way, Word displays the Office Assistant dialog box.
  3. Click on the Gallery tab. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Gallery tab of the Office Assistant dialog box.

  5. Scroll through the available Office Assistant characters by using the Back and Next buttons.
  6. When you find an assistant you like, click on OK.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2019-11-29 17:21:32

Rick

Hi, I hope you can help me. I have MS Office 2003 pro and I managed to download the Help Assistant (Rocky), however now when I close word, Rocky stays on the screen. I have to Click on the desktop for Rocky to disappear ? He usually goes back in his Dog House on closing Word, now, for some reason, he stays on the screen.


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