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#1 Cecilia421

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 01:25 PM

Hi, all,

 

It seems to me that I used to be able to use the dictionary in MS Word 2010 when I was offline but the last couple of times I tried to do that, it says it's not available because I'm not online. Am I imagining this? Was there some kind of update that removed that functionality? If so, are there any *reliable* third-party alternatives that allow me to define a word from within the program? I have the Advanced English Dictionary (AED) App installed on my Win8.1 laptop, but it's kind of a pain to have to switch between the two just to look up a word.

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:51 PM

Word has never included a dictionary. Earlier versions required a third-party add-in (such as the American Heritage dictionary or Encarta); more recent versions provide access to various online dictionaries which would require an active internet connection.

 

You can try this, I've never used it, but it may work well for you.

http://wordweb.info/free/


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:02 PM

Thanks, chris87! I'll try that out and see. I know that you have to enable the Encarta dictionary, but it seems to me that it used to be accessible offline until recently. I've only noticed it in the past few weeks that I couldn't access it offline. But, that doesn't mean too much. I'm usually connected to the internet so I don't try to use it offline very often. It just seemed like I used to be able to do it. :)


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:07 PM

You're welcome. Try it out and let us know how it works for you. Other people could be looking for the same thing that you're looking for and posting back here the results could help.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:16 PM

It does provide a solution. It integrates with Word but instead of accessing the lookup through a context menu, you have to ALT+Right click on the word you want to define. You can change the key combo if you want. In order for it to work, it has to run in the background continually. Right now, it's inactive and using 8.2MB of RAM. The website says that it works with most native Windows programs, and it looks like it has a Firefox extension as well. I haven't checked that, because I'm a Chrome user.

 

So, basically, if you're OK with another background process, then it's a quick solution. If you'd rather not, then don't go for it. It's definitely faster than switching apps to find a word. :) I'll leave it for a while and see how much I use it.

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:25 PM

Thanks for letting us know the feedback. Personally I use google for any lookups I need. Simply type define: "word you want to define" and google will give you the definition of it.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:29 PM

Ordinarily I do that, too. My main issue here was not being able to do it while I'm offline. :)


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:34 PM

Well hopefully we got that all sorted out for you :bananas:


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:36 PM

Yes, I think we're good.  :thumbup2: Thanks!


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:41 PM

Anytime.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:43 PM

:wink: BC is my go-to site for every computer problem. Keep up the good work!  :busy:


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:45 PM

Thank you, and I'm glad to be part of the community. If you need anything else, please let us know, and as always happy computing :busy:


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:47 PM

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