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For a Microsoft Office XP version of this article, see 290151
For a Microsoft Office 97 version of this article, see 162763
The Microsoft Office Assistant is an interactive Help feature in Microsoft Office. Its functionality, introduced in Microsoft Office 97, is similar to the Answer Wizard Help feature in Microsoft Office 95.
You can make the Office Assistant less interactive. Certain features, such as Guess Help Topics and Display Alerts, can be turned off so that the Office Assistant provides help only when you request it.
You can also remove the Office Assistant. If you remove the Office Assistant, you disable the ability to ask for help in a natural language, such as "How do I print my document?" Help is still available through the Contents, Answer Wizard, and Index tabs on the Help menu in each of the Office programs, even when the Office Assistant is removed.
Modify the Behavior of the Office AssistantTo change how the Office Assistant behaves, use the following steps:
To Remove the Office AssistantWhen you remove the Office Assistant, you disable one of the key features of Office help, the ability to ask natural language questions. To remove the Microsoft Office Assistant, use either of the following methods.
Method 1: Turn Off the Office Assistant
Method 2: Remove the Office Assistant FilesNOTE: Microsoft recommends that you do not remove the Office Assistant.
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/199766/EN-US/ )OFF2000: Controlling How and When the Office Assistant Appears
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/202991/EN-US/ )OFF2000: One Office Assistant Installed by Default
Article ID: 203689 - Last Review: January 23, 2007 - Revision: 1.3