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Using the Workspace Manager

The Workspace Manager lets you simulate other office productivity applications while using WordPerfect® Office 12. For example, you can simulate the Microsoft® Excel workspace while using Quattro Pro® 12. A workspace is the user's environment within an application. It encompasses the document window and all visible components of the application, such as menus, toolbars, and buttons. It also includes the application's keyboard shortcuts.

By letting you simulate an application that you may be more familiar with, the Workspace Manager reduces training costs and the time associated with learning a new application. For example, if you recently switched from Microsoft® Office, you may not be familiar with the keystrokes, menus, and toolbars of WordPerfect Office 12 applications.

While there are many similarities between the two suites, you may find it easier to simulate the Microsoft Office workspaces until you are more accustomed to working with WordPerfect Office 12. In an office environment, the Workspace Manager lets multiple users of the same computer easily switch back and forth between their preferred workspace.

The Workspace Manager positions WordPerfect Office 12 features, including toolbars and menu items, exactly where you would find the Microsoft Office equivalent. It also applies Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts to WordPerfect Office 12 features — allowing you to quickly access the tools that you need.

WordPerfect Office 12 - Small Business Edition offers one-click access to the following workspaces:

Application WordPerfect® 12 Quattro Pro® 12 Presentations™ 12
Available workspaces WordPerfect Mode Quattro Pro Mode Presentations Mode
Microsoft Word Mode Microsoft Excel Mode Microsoft PowerPoint Mode
WordPerfect Classic Mode (version 5.1) Microsoft Excel Mode
Lotus 1-2-3 Mode

If you're using a version other than WordPerfect Office 12 - Small Business Edition, your available workspace choices may differ.

When you first start a WordPerfect Office 12 application, the Workspace Manager displays by default. You can choose not to load the Workspace Manager at startup by disabling the Show at startup checkbox (see below). To access the Workspace Manager while using the applications, use the following instructions.

To simulate another word processing application in WordPerfect® 12

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Workspace Manager.

  2. In the Workspace Manager dialog box (see below), choose either of the following options:
    • WordPerfect Mode
    • Microsoft Word Mode/li>
    • WordPerfect Classic Mode (version 5.1)/li>
    • WordPerfect Legal Mode/li>

  3. Click OK.

To simulate another spreadsheet application in Quattro Pro® 12

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Workspace Manager.

  2. In the Options dialog box (see below), choose either of the following options:
    • Quattro Pro 12
    • Lotus 1-2-3
    • Microsoft Excel

  3. Click OK.

To simulate the Microsoft® PowerPoint® workspace in Presentations™ 12

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Workspace Manager.

  2. In the Workspace Manager dialog box (see below), enable the Microsoft PowerPoint option.

  3. Click OK.