by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 9, 2012)
When you first installed Word, you probably noticed it included a help feature that involved cartoon characters. The default character, Mr. Clipit, is a paperclip that gyrates as it helps you with your questions. The official title of this character is the Office Assistant. Mr. Clipit was real cute for about thirty seconds, and then he got real annoying. (Don't let my biases sway you; many people like him.)
It doesn't take many people long to figure out how to hide the Office Assistant. When I first did this, I thought I had seen the last of him. (I knew that I could call him back up at any time by pressing F1.) However, he kept popping back up at the craziest times. Like when I would start writing a letter.
If you already know how to write a letter, and you don't want any help from your Office Assistant, you can muzzle him even more completely by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Options tab of the Office Assistant dialog box.
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