Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. March 2, 1998
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the Office 97 Shortcut Bar
The Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar provides single-click access to the resources and applications you need most often.

You can drag the Shortcut Bar to any location on screen. It can be a resizable, floating toolbar or it can be docked on any screen edge - just like the Taskbar, in which case you can put it out of sight until you need it by clicking Auto Hide on the Office Shortcut Bar menu.

The first time you use the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar, it displays only the Office toolbar. Additional shortcut buttons and toolbars are available but hidden. To show hidden buttons or toolbars, right-click the background of any toolbar on the Office Shortcut Bar, and then click Customize on the shortcut menu. For example, show the Desktop toolbar on the Office Shortcut Bar so that you can easily access documents and programs on the Windows desktop even if you can't see the desktop. To display a different toolbar on the Office Shortcut Bar, click the icon that represents the toolbar. To display the name for a button or toolbar on the Office Shortcut Bar, rest the mouse pointer over the button or toolbar until the name appears.

You can also add your own toolbars and buttons. To add your frequently used documents and programs as toolbar buttons, drag them onto the Office Shortcut Bar.