The task pane

The task pane is where you do much of your work with SpreadsheetConverter. It lets you add graphical widgets and set options for the converted web page.

Showing the task pane

To show/hide the task pane, click on the dotted symbol on the vertical separator.

Screenshot of the dotted symbol on the horizontal separator between the spreadsheet and the task pane

Shortcuts in the ribbon

The task pane uses tabs for its different sections. You can go directly to one of these tabs using the shortcuts in the SpreadsheetConverter ribbon in Excel.

The Workbook shortcut opens the Workbook tab.

Screenshot of the workbook shortcut to the Wrokbook tab in the task pane

The Worksheets shortcut opens the Worksheets tab.

Screenshot of the Worksheets shortcut to the Worksheets tab of the task pane

The Insert widget shortcut opens the Widgets tab.

Screenshot of the Insert widget shortcut to the Widgets tab on the task pane

If there is a widget in the current cell, the Edit widget shortcut opens the Cell tab with the settings for the widget in the cell.

Screenshot of the Edit widget shortcut in the ribbon to the Cell tab of the task pane

The Messages shortcut opens the Messages tab.

Screnshot of the Messages shortcut in the ribbon to the task pane

The task pane is pretty wide and can occupy a significant portion of the screen in Excel. When you don’t need it, you can close it by clicking on the X in its upper right-hand corner.

Show/hide task pane in version 9 and older

In older versions, the Task Pane section of the SpreadsheetConverter menu allows you to Show the task pane when you need it and Hide it when it’s no longer needed.

Screenshot of the Taskpane choice in the SpreadsheetConverter ribbon

The Workbook tab

On the Workbook tab, you set most of the conversion options.

The Worksheets tab

On the Worksheets tab, you select the worksheets that will be visible as tabs in the converted web page. You can hide worksheets that only contain long tables of internal lookup data. Using a special Print Sheet, you can optimize the layout of the web page for printing.

Screenshot of the Worksheets tab with a designated print sheet

The Widgets tab

If you click on the Widgets tab you get a list of the various graphical widgets you can insert into the spreadsheet.

The Cell tab

Click on the Cell tab to adjust the settings for the widget in the currently selected cell.

The Messages tab

After each conversion, any error messages are available on the Messages tab of the task pane. Shorter messages in the upper section link to more detail below.

This tab was called Errors in version 9 and older.

Adjusting the task pane

To change the width of the task pane, hold the mouse over the vertical separator but below the five dots until it turns into a double arrow, then click and drag the vertical separator left/right to match your requirements.

Screenshot of how to adjust the width of the task pane using the vertical separator