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Office 2007 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki, Gavin Powell, Michael R. Irwin, Peter G. Aitken, Michael R. Groh, Cary N. Prague, Faithe Wempen, Herb Tyson, John Walkenbach

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Working with Multiple Windows

Every time you open another file in an Office application, the file opens in its own file window. You can have multiple programs and files open to help you multitask—to jump between different jobs you’re working on and to look at information stored in a number of different files and applications.

The taskbar is a band or bar that appears by default along the bottom of the Windows desktop. A button for each file or program that you open appears on the taskbar. The Office 2007 applications work with Windows Vista to provide you with multiple options for navigating between open file and application windows, including using the taskbar.

Switching to another file or application window

Switching to another open file makes it the active file in its application. When you use the taskbar to switch between open files, Windows switches to the application for that file, if applicable. You can use one of the following techniques to navigate to another file or application in Office and Windows:

  • View tab on Ribbon. To switch to another open file window in an application, click the View tab on the Ribbon, click Switch Windows, and then click the name of the file to select, as shown in the example in Figure 3-16. The selected file becomes the active file.

    Figure 3-16. Using the Ribbon to switch between open files.
  • Taskbar. Click the taskbar button ...

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