Toolbars and the Task Pane

Learn about the features within the task pane Office XP provides and the toolbars Office XP uses in this free lesson.

What is a toolbar?

In the previous lesson, you learned to execute Office XP commands using menus. You can also execute many commands using a toolbar.

Toolbars contain icons—or buttons—representing the most commonly used commands. Microsoft created such toolbars because often it's easier to click a button than it is to open a menu and search for a command.

Certain toolbar buttons—and their corresponding commands—are unique to specific Office programs, but there are others such as New, Open, Save, and Print that are common to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

If you forget what an icon on a toolbar button means, hover your mouse pointer over the button. A label will appear telling you what the button does. This label is called a tooltip.

It doesn't matter which way you choose to execute common commands. It's just a matter of preference.