If you draw certain objects (shapes, tables, text boxes, word art, charts, etc.) they will all be listed in the Selection Pane. I think if you go into the contextual tab of any of these objects, you can bring up the Selection Pane. I think another way of doing it is to right-click the object.
But I heard you can also bring up the Selection Pane from one of the normal tabs (Home tab, Page Layout tab, etc.). Is this true? Where exactly would it be on one of these tabs?