Was that the Office Assistant - the cilppy or one of other members of the gang ? Turn it off: Help>Show Office Assistant. When the clippy appears, right click the clippy, then Options. Uncheck ''Use Office Assistant'' or make other choices which suite you.
When I enter stuff in a cell, Office will often do something like ask "Are you managing a list?" I usually have no idea what they are talking about and often make the wrong response and then get put into some mode it takes me 20 minutes to turn off. Or I will do something like add some cells and some box shows up on the screen that I then have to figure out how to get rid of.
Is there some way to turn off all these annoying things that I never asked for?
Why can't Microsoft leave us to our own way of doing things? I don't like being second guessed.