Find the dictionary to look up words

To check the spelling of a word, or to find its definition, you can look up words in the dictionary by using the research feature.

Which Microsoft Office 2010 program are you using?

Excel

OneNote

Outlook

PowerPoint

Publisher

Visio

Word

Excel

Note: Using ALT+Click for single words is not supported in Microsoft Office Excel.

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Excel ribbon review tab

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To look up the contents of a cell, press ALT and click the cell that you want. If there is more than one word in the cell, it will treat the contents as a phrase.

    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

      Results appear in the Research task pane.

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OneNote

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Review Tab, Research button

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT 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 ALT and click the selection.

    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

      Results appear in the Research task pane.

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Outlook

  1. In a new message, on the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Outook Ribbon Research Button

    Note: In Microsoft Office Outlook, the Research task pane is available in any new Outlook item, such as a message you can compose in, but not from the main Outlook window.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT 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 ALT and click the selection.

    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

      Results appear in the Research task pane.

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PowerPoint

Note: Using ALT+Click is not supported in Microsoft Office PowerPoint.

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Review Tab, Research button

  2. Type the word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

Results appear in the Research task pane.

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Publisher

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Research menu

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT 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 ALT and click the selection.

    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

Results appear in the Research task pane.

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Visio

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Review Tab, Research button

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT 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 ALT and click the selection.

    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

      Results appear in the Research task pane.

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Word

  1. On the Review tab, click Research.

    Where is this?

    Review Tab, Research button

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To look up a single word in the document, press ALT 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 ALT and click the selection.

    • Type a word or phrase in the Search for box, and then click Start Searching Button image .

      Results appear in the Research task pane.

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