I really need to know how to get it back. I just went through the bother of a full reinstall and it didn't bring it back. Help me locate and reattach it please.
Tools>Customize>Toolbars> Task Pane
I'm not sure what's actually missing, but perhaps this post will help: Need help getting a menu back
Task pane was exactly the thing I hid, thank you!
Try this button:
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