Identifying Parts of the Word Window

If you're just getting started with Word 2003, learn the parts of the Word window in this free lesson.

Using the task pane

When opened, the task pane will appear on the right side of the Word window. The task pane provides easy access to commonly used menus, buttons, and tools. By default, the task pane will appear when Word 2003 is first launched.

If you do not see your task pane, you can view it by either selecting certain commands or by manually opening it.

To open the task pane:

  • Click View in the menu bar.
  • Select Task Pane.

    View Task Pane

Along the top bar of the task pane, you should see small backward and forward buttons on the left, as well as a down arrow on the right. To view different task panes, click the down arrow. Once you have opened different task panes, you can navigate through them by clicking on the left and right arrow button on the left. To close your task pane, click the X symbol on the far right of the bar.

Task Pane ArrowsOther Task Panes