Add or change research services

Through Research options, you can customize options to suit your research needs like include or exclude reference books or research sites. You can activate services for searching, add new services, and remove others from your computer. You can also turn on Parental Control, which helps to protect children from finding potentially offensive or disturbing material.

Step 1: Find the Research feature

ShowOffice 2010

Click Review > Research.

For Outlook, you need to create a new message first.

ShowOffice 2007

Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Click Review > Research.

OneNote, Publisher, and Visio

Click Tools > Research.

Outlook

  1. Create an email message.
  2. Right-click anywhere in the message body, and then click Look up.

ShowOffice 2003

Click Tools > Research.

Step 2: Find research options

Near the bottom of the Research task pane, click Research Options.

Screenshot of Research task pane with the Reseach options link near the bottom of the pane highlighted

Step 3: Set the research options you want

Screenshot of Research Options box

Do one or more of the following:

  • To activate or remove research services, check or uncheck the check boxes you want, and then click OK.
  • To add research services, click Add Services, select or type the Internet address for the service you want in the Address box, and then click Add. The service is automatically enabled for searching, and it will appear in the Search for list the next time you open the Research task pane.

Screenshot of Add Services box that is part of the Research Options

  • To add translate from/to languages geographically centered in Europe or the Middle East, type or copy and paste the following URL into the Address box, and then click Add:

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/officetrans/register.asmx?lg=eu

To add translate from/to languages geographically centered in Asia, type or copy and paste the following URL into the Address box, and then click Add:

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/officetrans/register.asmx?lg=as

Learn more about how to add more languages for Microsoft Translator

  • To add a Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server site, type or copy and paste the following URL into the Address box, and then click Add:

http://your root directory/_vti_bin/search.asmx

  • To remove a service provider and all of its research services, click Update/Remove, select the provider you want to remove, click Remove > Close.
  • To turn on Parental Control, click Parental Control, select the options you want, and then click Close.

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Applies to:
Excel 2010, OneNote 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010, Excel 2007, OneNote 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Visio 2007, Word 2007, Excel 2003, OneNote 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003, Word 2003