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 Harkins

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.

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