Office 2008 for Macs: Removing Elements Gallery Items from Documents

By Bob LeVitus

If you added items to your documents using the Elements Gallery of Office 2008 for Mac, you can remove them just as easily. You remove full-page elements, such as cover pages, a little differently from the way you remove other, smaller elements, such as a chart, table, or WordArt.

To remove elements that aren’t full-page elements, such as charts, tables, SmartArt Graphics, and such, select the element you want to remove and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

The easiest way to remove a full-page element is by using its shortcut menu, represented by the little dog-eared page icon with a triangle. Click this icon and choose the Remove menu option — in the figure, it’s Remove Cover Page.


Sometimes, the shortcut menu isn’t available. Here’s another way to delete a full-page element:

  1. Choose View→Publishing Layout and then choose View→Navigation Pane.

    The Navigation Pane appears on the left side of the document.

  2. Click the thumbnail image that represents your element.

    The element is selected.


  3. Click the Remove button in the Standard toolbar.

    The element disappears.