Look up words in the thesaurus

Using the thesaurus, you can look up synonyms (different words with the same meaning) and antonyms (words with the opposite meaning).

 Tip   In Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, and Microsoft Office Outlook, you can look up a word quickly if you right-click anywhere in the document, presentation, open message, or previewed message in the Reading Pane, and then click Synonym on the shortcut menu.

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Excel

  1. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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Excel Ribbon Review Tab Thesaurus

  1. Press ALT and click the word that you want to look up. Results appear in the Research task pane.
  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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OneNote

  1. On the Review tab, click Research, and then in the All Reference Books list, click Thesaurus.

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One Note Ribbon Review tab

Research task pane

  1. Press ALT and click the word that you want to look up. Results appear in the Research task pane.
  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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Outlook

  1. In a new message, click the message body, and then on the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Thesaurus.

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Outlook Ribbon Thesaurus Icon

 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. Press ALT and click the word that you want to look up. Results appear in the Research task pane.
  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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PowerPoint

 Note   Using ALT+Click is not supported in Microsoft Office PowerPoint.

  1. Highlight the word you want to look up.
  2. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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PowerPoint Ribbon Review tab Thesaurus

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  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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Publisher

  1. On the Home tab, click Spelling, and then click Thesaurus.

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Thesaurus menu command

  1. Press ALT and click the word that you want to look up. Results appear in the Research task pane.
  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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Visio

  1. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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Visio Ribbon Review tab Thesaurus

  1. Press ALT and click the word that you want to look up. Results appear in the Research task pane.
  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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Word

  1. On the Review tab, click Thesaurus.

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Word Ribbon Review tab Thesaurus

  1. Press ALT and click the word that you want to look up. Results appear in the Research task pane.
  2. To use one of the words in the list of results or to search for more words, do one of the following:
    • To use one of the words, point to it, click the down arrow, and then click Insert or Copy.
    • To look up additional related words, click a word in the list of results.

 Note   You can also look up words in the thesaurus of another language. If, for example, your document is in French and you want synonyms, click Research options in the Research task pane, and then under Reference Books, select the thesaurus options that you want.

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