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How can I get a dictionary to use to look up definitions of words in the Research tab in Microsoft Office Word 2007?


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#1 andrewset

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 06:00 PM

How can I get a dictionary to use to look up definitions of words in the Research tab in Microsoft Office Word 2007? My Word 2010 on another computer has an Encarta Dictionary give me definitions of words when I alt + click on a word, but I can't find a way to get the dictionary in Word 2007 on my laptop, even when I click on "Research options..." there's only a Thesaurus. Please help.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:55 PM

I had never done that before - but I have word 2007 so I gave it a try.
From the Research tab - I put the word I wanted in the searchfor box.
The drop down box below that gave me several selections - inlcuding Encarta dictionary I did not do anything to get it there.
It seemed to work ok.
So you are saying you do not have dictionayr selection in the drop down box?

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:29 AM

I had never done that before - but I have word 2007 so I gave it a try.
From the Research tab - I put the word I wanted in the searchfor box.
The drop down box below that gave me several selections - inlcuding Encarta dictionary I did not do anything to get it there.
It seemed to work ok.
So you are saying you do not have dictionayr selection in the drop down box?

Fay

Right, I don't have dictionary selection in the drop down box :)

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 04:47 PM

I wish I knew enough to be able to tell help you more. Maybe someone else will.
Until then - I suggest that you do a google search.
I did something like
"no dictionary" "word 2007"
There may be better search parameters - but those returned a number of links.
They included at least on post from someone not having a dictionary - and some on how to add custom dictionaries.
While you are waiting on someone that knows more - you might do the search and look at some of what was returned and see if any of them help. I tried to look at a few of them, but was not able to tell which might help you most.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 11:20 AM

Yeah I tried a google search before posting here too, since I do that before posting in help forums

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 12:43 PM

It this any help?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-make-use-of-research-feature-in-microsoft-word-2007/




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