I liked the previous Microsoft Office Word feature that let me view and manage styles from a pane alongside my document. Can I duplicate this functionality in Word 2007?
Yes, you can! In the Styles section of the ribbon, in the lower right corner, you'll see the Styles dialog box launcher, which Figure 1 shows. It's a small button with an arrow pointing down and to the right. Click that button and a popup Styles dialog will appear (or use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S). Double-click the title bar of the floating dialog box, and it will "dock" as a task pane.