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The sidebar is yet another new interface element for working with Microsoft Word. In offers four panes of options for working with an entire document. Now there are two main ways to display the sidebar. If you don't care which sidebar pane displays, you can click the Show or hide the Sidebar button on the Standard toolbar. That's this button right here. Click it to display it, click it again to hide it. If you want to display a specific pane, you can choose the pane from the Buttons menu. That's right here. Pick the pane that you want and it appears.
Or you can pull down the View menu, come down to the Sidebar submenu and then choose the pane that you want. The four panes of the sidebar are Thumbnails, Document Map, Reviewing, and Find and Replace. Thumbnails and Document Map are handy for navigating around a document as I discuss in a video later in this chapter. Reviewing works with Word's Change Tracking feature to list changes and comments in a document.
The Find and Replace pane offers basic documents search and text replacement features, which I cover in some detail in a video in the Basic Text Editing chapter. There are a number of interface elements to work with this as well. There is a Close button that will close the sidebar and also if you need to make the sidebar wider or narrower, you can click this little button here and drag it in or out and that'll change the width. The sidebar is an interface element that you'll likely display only when you need it. It appears automatically when you use a command that works with it.
When you're finished with it, you can dismiss it to free up screen real estate for working with your documents. Just click its Close button and it disappears.
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