Introducing Task Panes
One of the biggest changes to the Access environment (and all the Microsoft Office XP suite applications such as Word 2002, Excel 2002 and PowerPoint 2002) is the introduction of the Office task pane. The task pane is a special pane that appears on the right side of the Access application window when you use certain Access features (features that were formerly controlled using dialog boxes).
For example, when you choose to start a new database, the New File task pane appears (see Figure 1.2). This task pane makes it easy for you to start a new blank database or create a database using the different database templates provided by Access. Creating a new database in Access is covered in Lesson 3, "Creating a New Database."
Figure 1.2. The New File task pane makes it easy for you to create a new Access database.
Other task panes that you will run across as you work in Access are the Office Clipboard and the Clip Gallery. The Office Clipboard allows you to copy or cut multiple items from an Access object such as a table and then paste them into new locations. The Clip Gallery provides you with the ability to insert clip art and other images into your Access tables, forms, or reports . Task panes are discussed in this book when appropriate as you explore the various Access features.