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Selection Pane in MS-Word 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007

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Selection Pane in MS-Word |Show, Hide and Rename the Objects|:

Selection Pane in MS-Word |Show or Hide Objects|: Selection Pane is one of the great ways to Select, Show, Hide, Rename and Change the order of the objects in the word document. 

Opening the Selection Pane:

We can launch the Selection Pane either by Inserting the Objects or directly going to the Layout tab. So, do one of the following:

inserting objects for selection pane in ms word
  1. Go to the Insert tab
  2. Then Insert the objects as much as you want using its commands in the Illustrations group. For example, Picture and Shapes.
  1. Then Immediately a Picture Tools Format tab opens if you insert the Pictures. Or,
  2. Immediately a Drawing Tools Format tab opens if you insert the Shapes.
  3. Make sure any object (Picture, Shape) selection, if not.
  4. Then go to the Picture or Drawing Tools Format
  5. Now, click on the Selection Pane in the Arrange group
  6. Immediately a Selection Pane opens towards the right of the document page. Or,
launching the selection pane by inserting the objects
  1. Go to the Layout tab
  2. Then click on the Selection Pane in the Arrange group.

After inserting the objects in the document, the objects may not move in the older versions of the word. so, to do it, you should follow the steps given below:

To position a picture in older versions of MS-Word , Follow these steps. Go to the Insert Tab → click on the Picture in the Illustrations group → go to the picture location → select and insert it → now you are presented a new tab i.e. “Drawing Tools  Format tab” if the picture is in selection → then click on the Position → and then, select any one of the positions given under the “With text wrapping“). 

Launching Selection Pane on Layout tab

Hide and Show All the Objects using the Selection Pane:

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane as explained above, follow the steps below to hide or show all the objects in the document.

Note:  After inserting the objects in the document, the objects may not move if the ms word application is an older version. To position/move it, follow the steps given below:

To position a picture in older versions of MS-Word , Follow these steps. Go to the Insert Tab → click on the Picture in the Illustrations group → go to the picture location → select and insert it → now you are presented a new tab i.e. “Drawing Tools  Format tab” if the picture is in selection → then click on the Position → and then, select any one of the positions given under the “With text wrapping“). 

  1. To hide all the objects, click on the “Hide All” in the Selection Pane.
Hide all the Objects using the Selection Pane

  2. To show all the objects, click on the “Show All” in the Selection Pane.

Show or Hide Individual Objects:

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane. Do the following.

  1. To Hide individual object, click on the icon which is looking like an eye appears at the right of the object name in the Selection Pane.
  2. To Show hidden object, click on the icon which is looking like an eye appears at the right of the object name in the Selection Pane.

Bringing Objects Forward using the Selection Pane:

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane. Do the following.

  1. Keep some objects on top of other objects.
  2. Then select any object which is behind another
  3. And then click on the Up Arrow to bring the selected object forward.
  4.  
Bring object forward using the selection

Sending Objects Backward using the Selection Pane:

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane. Do the following.

  1. Keep some objects on top of other objects
  2. Then select the object which is front of another
  3. Then click on the Down Arrow to send the selected object backward.
Send the Object Backword using the Selection Pane

Selecting the Objects:

To select the objects you want, click on the object name in Selection Pane as shown in the picture below.

Selecting objects using the selection pane

Rename the Objects:

To rename the object you want, click the object name in the Selection Pane, then type the name you want.

Positioning a Selection Pane Dialogue Box:

  1. After opening the Selection Pane, to position it anywhere in the document for your convenience, follow the steps below.
  2. Move your mouse pointer over the top of the Selection Pane till the mouse pointer turned as the 4 Headed Arrows
  3. Then click and hold down the left mouse button, and then drag around the document and leave it anywhere you want. Or,
  1. Click on the expand arrow of the Selection Pane, which appears at the top of it and select the “Move”.
  2. Then move the selection pane around the document and click to leave it anywhere you want to position it.

Resizing a Selection Pane Dialogue Box:

  1. Click on the expand arrow of the Selection Pane, which appears at the top of  the Selection Pane, and then select the “Size”.
  2. After that move the mouse left, right, up or down without holding down any mouse button, then stop moving and click the mouse to release it to fit its size.
Resizing the Selection Pane

Closing a Selection Pane Dialogue box:

  1. Click on the Cloze button, which appears at the top right corner of the Selection Pane. Or,
Closing button of the selection pane
  1. Click on the expand arrow of the Selection Pane, which appears at the top of it and click the “Close”.

To know more about the Selection Pane in MS-Word, watch the video tutorial given below:

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