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Customizing the Office Assistant

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The Microsoft Office Assistant is the character that is usually displayed on your screen and answers your questions when you click on it.  

You can change the settings for the Office Assistant from any program in the Microsoft Office family of products (Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, and Outlook).  Therefore, any settings that you make for the Office Assistant in one of the Office programs will affect the Office Assistant in the rest of the Microsoft Office Family programs.  Microsoft has done this so you are used to one assistant for all of the Office Programs.

Customizing the Office Assistant

1.  Right-click the Office Assistant and select Options from the menu that appears.

2.  Figure 1.1 will be displayed.

Figure 1.1

3.  As you can see in Figure 1.1, there are many options, but they are pretty self-explanatory.  Click the check boxes on the options you want selected (if they don't have a check in them).  If you would like to not have an option selected, click the check box (if it has a check in it).  

4.  To change the Office Assistant character (also called an Actor), click the Gallery tab at the top of the screen (Figure 1.2).

Figure 1.2

5.  Use the Back and Forward buttons to select an Office Assistant.

6.  When you finish selecting the Office Assistant, click the OK button.  

7.  If the Office Assistant you selected isn't installed on your computer, you will be asked for the Office 2000 CD.  Place the CD in and click OK.  If you don't have the CD handy, click the Cancel button and go to to download Office Assistants (at, there may be even more assistants than there are in the Gallery.  Office Assistants are constantly being created.).

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