Word: Hide the clipboard task pane

February 9, 2008

If you use Word 2003, the Clipboard task pane probably drives you mad every time it pops up! Chances are you don’t want to reuse clipped items all the time.

To turn it off, click the Options button at the bottom of the task pane, then select Show Office Clipboard Automatically to clear the check mark. You might want to clear all the other ones too. Then close the task pane.

You can always get it back temporarily by pressing Ctrl+C twice.

In Word 2007, the Clipboard task pane is hidden by default (yes!). To display it and to set how you want it to display in future, click the Dialog Box launcher in the Clipboard group on the Home tab.

Dialog Box launcher button

Dialog Box launcher button

[This article was first published in the March 2006 CyberText Newsletter; updated with Word 2007 details, 21 August 2008]

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