Reference Encarta Encyclopedia

To search Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia from the Research task pane, you need to connect to the Internet.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Research.
  2. In the Search for list, select Encarta Encyclopedia: English (North America).
  3. Do one of the following:
    • To research a single word, press ALT and click the word you want to look up.
    • To research a phrase, select the words you want, and then press ALT and click the selection.
    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image.

Results appear in the Research task pane.


  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 does not support ALT and click. Use the right mouse button (right-click), and click Look Up on the shortcut menu.
  • To return a richer set of results, broaden your search scope to All Research Sites. Links in the result set go to the Web.
  • In Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, the Research task pane is available only when you are reading or composing e-mail messages.
Applies to:
Excel 2003, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003