Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 1
Besides menus and toolbars, windows can contain list boxes and scroll bars, which
you’ll learn about next.
Using List Boxes and Scroll Bars
As you might guess from the name, a list box displays a list of available choices from
which you can select one item. In WordPad, you can choose a date and time format from
the Available formats list box in the Date/Time dialog box. List box controls usually
include arrow buttons, a scroll bar, and a scroll box. A scroll bar appears when the list of
available options is too long or wide to fit in the list box. The arrows and scroll box enable
you to move through the complete list.
To use the Date/Time list box:
1. Click the Date/Time button on the WordPad toolbar to open the Date and Time dialog
box, which lists the current date in many formats. See Figure 20.
List box
Figure 20
click the up arrow
o n the scroll bar to
move toward the
top of the list
list box shows the
available date
click the down arrow
o n the scroll bar to
move toward the
bottom of the list
drag the scroll box up or down to
view different parts of the list
2. To scroll down the list, click the down arrow button on the scroll bar three times.
3. Drag the scroll box to the top of the scroll bar by pointing to the scroll box, pressing and
holding down the left mouse button, dragging the scroll box up, and then releasing the left
mouse button. The list scrolls back to the beginning.
4. Find a date format similar to “July 14, 2006” in the Available formats list box, and then
click that date format to select it.
5. Click the OK button to close the Date and Time dialog box. The current date is inserted
into your document.
A list box is helpful because it only includes options that are appropriate for your current
task. For example, you can select only dates and times in the available formats from the list
box in the Date and Time dialog box—no matter which format you choose, WordPad will
recognize it. Sometimes a list might not include every possible option, so you can type the
option you want to select. In this case, the list box includes a list arrow on its right side. You
can click the list arrow to view options and then select one, or you can type appropriate text.
Buttons can also have list arrows. The list arrow indicates that there is more than one
option for that button. Rather than crowding the window with a lot of buttons, one for
each possible option, including a list arrow on a button organizes its options logically and
compactly into a list. Toolbars often include list boxes and buttons with list arrows. For
example, the Font Size button list box on the WordPad toolbar includes a list arrow. To
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