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Using the Research Task Pane (Office 2003)

The Research service in Microsoft Office 2003 is available in Excel, Outlook (in e-mail reading and composing views), PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, and Word.

Select Research from the Tools menu (or click the Research button on the Standard toolbar) to open the Research task pane, a small window that opens up to the right of your document. This pane allows you to look up information in selected (Microsoft–sponsored or affiliated) reference books, research sites, and business and financial sites without leaving your document.

If you have multiple files open at the same time, you can open a separate Research task pane for each file. If you have multiple Office programs running at the same time, you can open Research task panes in each of the applications.

If you follow a Web link from the Research task pane and your Web browser is Internet Explorer 5.01 or later, the Research task pane will remain with you, attaching itself to the left side of your browser window.

If you follow a Web link from the Research task pane, all you have to do to return to your document is minimize or close your browser window.

(Posted 05/07/2004)

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Tip-within-a-tip:

"In Word, if you hold down the Alt key and click the left mouse button on a word, the Research task pane will open and Word will look up the word you clicked in the dictionary.