Word 2007: What happened to the Styles and Formatting task pane?September 11, 2008
The Styles and Formatting task pane in Word 2003 is one I use regularly, as does any power user of Word.
I’m still learning Word 2007, and I had a devil of a time figuring out what happened to it. Microsoft’s Help didn’t help, nor did the ‘where’s everything now’ page on the Microsoft site.
Eventually I found it, but I’m not impressed that Microsoft deemed it necessary to hide this pane so well. It would be nice to have a setting where we could indicate our expertise with Word and thus get quick access to all the powerful settings we use regularly, but which just confuse novice and occasional users.
Anyhow, enough of a rant… Here’s how to display the Styles floating window:
- Go to the Home tab > Styles command group.
- Click the Dialog Box launcher icon in the lower right corner of the title pane of the Styles command group.
- The Styles floating window opens. Use it like the Styles and Formatting task pane in Word 2003.
- Christine Kent’s blog post on organising styles in Word 2007