Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using the Research Task Pane
One of the quickest ways to display a task pane is to use the Other Task Panes button.
When you point to the name of the open task pane in the task pane title bar, it becomes
the Other Task Panes button. When you click the Other Task Panes button, all the available
task panes for that Office program are listed. Just click the name of the task pane you want
to display to switch to that task pane.
There are three navigation buttons at the top of the task pane. The Back and Forward
buttons enable you to scroll backward and forward through the task panes you have
opened during your current work session. The Back button becomes available when you
display two or more task panes. The Forward button becomes available after you click the
Back button to return to a previously viewed task pane. The Home button returns you to
the Getting Started task pane no matter which task pane is currently displayed.
You’ll use each of these methods to navigate among the task panes.
To navigate among task panes:
1 . Point to Getting Started in the task pane title bar. The title bar becomes the Other Task
2 . Click the Other Task Panes button. A list of the available task panes for Word is displayed.
The check mark before Getting Started indicates that this is the currently displayed task pane.
3. Click New Document . The New Document task pane appears and the Back button is
4. Click the Back button in the task pane. The Getting Started task pane reappears and
the Forward button is available.
5. Click the Forward button in the task pane. The New Document task pane reappears
and the Back button is available.
6. Click the Home button
in the task pane. The Getting Started task pane reappears.
Using the Research Task Pane
The Research task pane allows you to search a variety of reference materials and other
resources to find specific information while you are working on a file. You can insert the
information you find directly into your open file. The thesaurus and language translation
tools are installed with Office and therefore are stored locally on your computer. If you
are connected to the Internet, you can also use the Research task pane to access a dictio-
nary, an encyclopedia, research sites, as well as business and financial sources. Some of
the sites that appear in the search results are fee-based, meaning that you’ll need to pay to
access information on that site.
To use the Research task pane, you type a keyword or phrase into the Search for text
box and then select whether you want to search all the books, sites, and sources; one cat-
egory; or a specific source. The search results appear in the Research task pane. Some of
the results appear as links, which you can click to open your browser window and display
that information. If you are using Internet Explorer 5.01 or later as your Web browser, the
Research task pane is tiled (appears side by side) with your document. If you are using
another Web browser, you’ll need to return to the task pane in your open file to click
The Research task pane functions independently in each file. So you can open multiple
files and perform a different search in each. In addition, each Research task pane stores
the results of up to 10 searches, so you can quickly return to the results from any of your
most recent searches. To move among the saved searches, click the Back and Forward but-
tons in the task pane.