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Look up Words in the MS Word Dictionary

First you must make the Research button available on the Quick Access toolbar (the bar at the top of the window that contains the Save button).

  1. Go to the File tab and click Options.
  2. Click Quick Access Toolbar.
  3. In the Choose commands from: list, choose All Commands.
  4. Scroll down until you find the Research command.
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  5. Click Add >> to add it to the Quick Access toolbar.
  6. Click OK.

Now that the Research button is available, you can use it to look up word definitions.

  1. On the Quick Access toolbar, click the Research button.
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  2. Do one of the following:
    • To look up a single word in the document, press the ALT key 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 the ALT key, and click the selection.
    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for: box and then press Enter.
  3. Results appear in the Research task pane.

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