Look up the definition of a word in Office

Which Office program are you using?

Word

PowerPoint

Excel

Word

Why?

You can quickly look up a word's definition from within any Office application.

Important: Office must be able to connect to the Internet to use Reference Tools. The first time you use Reference Tools you are asked to Click here to allow access to online Reference Tools.

How?

  1. In your document, select the word or phrase that you want to look up.

    Select word or phrase

  2. Click Tools > Dictionary.

    In Word, click Tools, then click Dictionary

    Tip: You can also open Reference Tools from the Standard Toolbar. Click Show or hide the Toolbox  Toolbox button , and then click the Reference Tools  Reference Tools tab  tab.

  3. If the definition has more than one entry, click the arrow next to the definition that you want to see.

    Click arrow next to definition

Hints

  • To look up another word or phrase, type it into the Word or Phrase  Word or Phrase box box, and then press RETURN .

  • To see a list of recent searches, click the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the Word or Phrase box.

See also

Use a custom dictionary

PowerPoint

Why?

You can quickly look up a word's definition from within any Office application.

Important: Office must be able to connect to the Internet to use Reference Tools. The first time you use Reference Tools you are asked to Click here to allow access to online Reference Tools.

How?

  1. In your document, select the word or phrase that you want to look up.

    Select word or phrase

  2. Click Tools > Dictionary.

    In PowerPoint, click Tools, then click Dictionary

    Tip: You can also open Reference Tools from the Standard Toolbar. Click Show or hide the Toolbox  Toolbox button , and then click the Reference Tools  Reference Tools tab  tab.

  3. If the definition has more than one entry, click the arrow next to the definition that you want to see.

    Click arrow next to definition

Hints

  • To look up another word or phrase, type it into the Word or Phrase  Word or Phrase box box, and then press RETURN .

  • To see a list of recent searches, click the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the Word or Phrase box.

See also

Use a custom dictionary

Excel

Why?

You can quickly look up a word's definition from within any Office application.

Important: Office must be able to connect to the Internet to use Reference Tools. The first time you use Reference Tools you are asked to Click here to allow access to online Reference Tools.

How?

  1. In your document, select the word or phrase that you want to look up.

    Select word or phrase

  2. Click Tools > Dictionary.

    In Excel, click Tools, then click Dictionary

    Tip: You can also open Reference Tools from the Standard Toolbar. Click Show or hide the Toolbox  Toolbox button , and then click the Reference Tools  Reference Tools tab  tab.

  3. If the definition has more than one entry, click the arrow next to the definition that you want to see.

    Click arrow next to definition

Hints

  • To look up another word or phrase, type it into the Word or Phrase  Word or Phrase box box, and then press RETURN .

  • To see a list of recent searches, click the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the Word or Phrase box.

See also

Use a custom dictionary

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