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Snap off menus, at your service

Working your way through a menu hierarchy or repeatedly clicking the same icon can be tedious. Use snap-off menus instead.
One of my favorite Office tools is the snap-off menu. These menus are almost always available from drop-down menus, such as Border, Highlight, and Font Color. When you see the gray bar across the top of the drop-down menu, you'll know it's a snap-off menu.

Now you're probably wondering what's so great about snap-off menus. When you run into one, use the mouse to grab that handle (the gray bar across the top) and drag the drop-down menu to create a floating toolbar. That way, you can continue to use the drop-down menu without renegotiating it each time you need it. As a floating toolbar, the drop-down menu will remain open until you close it, even if you close the document (as long as you save it with the drop-down menu in floating mode). When you're done with it, click the Close button. Snap-off menus are easy to use. Once you know how to recognize them, you'll probably use them often. I know that I do!

About

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

9 comments
CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Is this a feature in 2007, or 2003? It looks like 2003, and I can't find any handles in my 2007.

jdaughtry
jdaughtry

It appears the "feature" was removed when the "ribbon" went in. Progress isn't always progress.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I had no plans to use it; I dislike floating toolbars. I just wondered why it wasn't working when I tried it.

.Martin.
.Martin.

is this not a basic feature of office?

ssharkins
ssharkins

Yes, it's a basic feature, but I run into people all the time who don't know about it.

iravgupta
iravgupta

Please use a better screen-shot tool than a combination of Print Screen and Paint.

ssharkins
ssharkins

I use FullShot, and they look great through the entire process until displayed -- have no idea why they lose quality. It's something I've been trying to resolve for a long time.

PatriciaT
PatriciaT

Sometimes images lose clarity if they are resized. Find out if someone is resizing them for your posts. If so, create them in smaller versions (Photoshop works great!)

.Martin.
.Martin.

the pictures show what they need to show. then don't have to be full-HD.