Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Getting Information about a Subject
Word’s Built-in
Research Tools
The quickest way to get a list of synonyms is to right-click the word you want to replace.
In the shortcut menu, point at Synonyms to see a fly-out list of alternatives for the word
you right-clicked. Click any word on that list, and it replaces the original word.
If none of the words on the list are what you’re looking for, go to the bottom of the
list and click Thesaurus. This opens the thesaurus in the Research pane, shown in
Figure 4-8. The Thesaurus offers a longer list of synonyms than the fly-out list. Scroll
through the possibilities and click the one you want to put it in the document.
Tip: Here’s another route to open the Thesaurus in the Research pane: Select the word you want and
then choose Review➝Thesaurus (Alt, R, E).
Getting Information about a Subject
If your computer is connected to the Internet, you can also use the Research pane
to look up information. When you type a word or phrase into the “Search for” text
box, choose Bing from the drop-down list to use Microsoft’s search engine to find
references to your search term on the web.
Note: The Search pane offers a couple of options besides Bing for researching a topic: Factiva iWorks and
HighBeam Research. Both of these are subscription sites that show you a preview of an article—but you
can read the whole thing only if you pay to subscribe.
The Search pane shows you a preview of each website it finds; when you want to read
more, click the link that follows the preview to open that page in your web browser.
Tip: If trying to read the article previews in the Search pane gives you a headache, scroll down to find the
“View all results on Live Search” link. Click it to open a window that shows the results in your web browser.
Translating Text
A foreign word or phrase can add a little je ne sais quoi to your writing. Word’s
translation tools let you translate from one language to another—with nearly two dozen
languages to choose from.
Word uses its built-in bilingual dictionaries to translate words and common phrases.
To translate an entire document, Word works with translation service WorldLingo ) to provide a machine translation of the document. Here’s how (
it works: Word sends a copy of your document over the Internet to the WorldLingo
website, where a computer program scans and translates the text. Computers don’t
have quite the “ear” for human language that people do, so the translation is likely
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