by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 27, 2017)
When Joy starts Word, the Word Help task pane appears at the right side of the program window. (Sometimes it is the Getting Started task pane, but usually it is the Word Help task pane.) Joy doesn't want a task pane to appear when she first starts Word and she's tried of closing it every time. She wonders how she can get rid of the task pane so that it doesn't appear when she first starts the program.
Don't like the task pane? You can get rid of it by following these steps:
Figure 1. The View tab of the Options dialog box.
If this doesn't fix the problem, it may be due to a setting in the Registry.
If you continue to have problems with the task pane (or you don't like to manually edit the Registry), you'll find additional help in this page on the MVP site:
The page discusses the Task Pane Controller add-in, which makes it easy to change the Registry entry that controls whether the task pane is displayed at startup. The macro used by the add-in need be run only once, and you should uninstall the add-in after using it.
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