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.

Standard and formatting toolbars

The standard and formatting toolbars are the two most commonly used toolbars in Office XP programs. When you open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, the standard and formatting toolbars are turned on by default.

The Standard toolbar is located just below the menu bar. It contains buttons representing commands such as New, Open, Save, and Print.

The Formatting toolbar is located by default next to the Standard toolbar. It contains buttons representing text modifying commands, such as font, text size, bold, and ordered lists. To view the entire Formatting toolbar, click the small arrow (in Word) or double arrows (in Excel and PowerPoint) on the far-right of the Formatting toolbar.

Note: Microsoft Outlook features standard, advanced, and web toolbars.

Word 2002's Standard and Formatting toolbars shown on the same line (partial view of Formatting toolbar

Partial view of Word 2002's Formatting toolbar