What is the Task Pane?
The Task Pane is new from Excel 2002. It is a dialog box added to the right side of the sheet that expands existing features radically.
To open the Task Pane:
Open each of the Task Panes from the menu item to which the Task Pane belongs. For example, to open the New Workbook Task Pane, select New from the File menu.
Excel 2002 offers four Task Panes. Press Ctrl+C+C to open the Clipboard Task Pane (or select Task Pane from the View menu), and then select one of the Task Panes from the Task Pane dropdown list at the top right corner of the Task Pane.
Excel 2003 offers 11 Task Panes. To make the Task Pane visible, press Ctrl+ F1 and then choose one of the Task Panes from the Task Pane dropdown list at the top right corner of the Task Pane.
To hide the Task Pane: