Find the dictionary to look up words

Using the Research feature, you can look up words in the dictionary. For more information on how to add or remove Research options, see Where are the Research options?.

Which program are you using?


Excel

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.
    • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, 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.

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OneNote

  1. On the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Encarta Dictionary: English (North America).

Research task pane

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.
    • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, 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.

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Outlook

  1. In a new message, on the Message tab, in the Proofing group, click Spelling, and then click Research.

Research menu

 Note   In Microsoft Office Outlook, the Research task pane is available in any new Outlook item, such as a message you can compose in, but not from the main Outlook window.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.
    • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, 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.

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PowerPoint

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.

 Note   Using ALT+Click is not supported in Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Instead, type the word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image.

  • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, press ALT and click the selection.

 Note   Using ALT+Click is not supported in Microsoft Office PowerPoint. Instead, type the word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image.

  • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image.

Results appear in the Research task pane.

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Publisher

  1. On the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Encarta Dictionary: English (North America).

Research task pane

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.
    • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, 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.

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Visio

  1. On the Tools menu, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Encarta Dictionary: English (North America).

Research task pane

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.
    • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, 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.

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Word

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT and click the word that you want to look up.
    • To look up a phrase in the document, select the words that you want, 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.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, OneNote 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007