Automatically summarize a document

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  1. On the Tools menu, click AutoSummarize.
  2. Select the type of summary you want.
  3. In the Percent of original box, type or select the level of detail to include in the summary. Select a higher percentage of the original document to include more detail.
  4. If you don't want AutoSummarize to replace your existing keywords and comments on the Summary tab in the Properties dialog box (File menu), clear the Update document statistics check box.


  • To cancel a summary in progress, press ESC.
  • After you create your summary, review it to make sure it covers your document's key points. Keep in mind that the summary text is a rough draft and you'll probably need to fine-tune it.


If you choose to highlight key points or to hide all of the document except the summary, you can fine-tune the appearance of the summary document by using options on the AutoSummarize toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.). You can show or hide the parts of the document that aren't part of the automatic summary, adjust the level of detail included in the summary, and close AutoSummarize.

Applies to:
Word 2003