by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 19, 2014)
The Office Assistant has been a part of the Office landscape for several years now, and it still evokes strong reactions, just as it did when it was first introduced. Some people love the Office Assistant; others hate it.
If you are one of those who hates the Office Assistant, you may wonder how to best go about getting rid of it--permanently. The answer depends on the version of Office you are using.
When using Office 2003, you can turn off the Office Assistant so it doesn't pop up all the time by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Options tab from the Office Assistant dialog box.
Now, the only time you will see the Office Assistant is if you choose Show the Office Assistant from the Help menu.
If you are using Excel 97, then you can use a different approach to get rid of the pesky characters. Follow these steps:
You can now restart any of your Office 97 programs (including Excel), and the Office Assistants are gone for good. If you later want them back, simply rename the folders back to Actors.
In later versions of Office, Microsoft did away with the Actors folder. Instead, you need to follow these steps:
Microsoft could certainly have made it easier to locate and move Office Assistant actor files by placing them all in a single folder, as they did in Office 97, but all in all it is not that difficult to locate them and move them.
Once done, you can restart your Office programs (including Word), and the Office Assistants are gone for good. If you later want them back, simply rename the folders back to Actors (Office 97) or move the ACS and ACG files back to their original locations (later versions of Office).
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