Word 2016 Quick Start

Research, edit, and design

Research, edit, and design in Word 2016

Research a topic

With Researcher, you can search for a topic on the web, find credible research articles, and insert content and images - all from within your Word document.

  1. On the References tab, select Researcher.

  2. Type a topic in the Search box and press Enter.

  3. Choose the resources that you'd like to use from the search results.

    Researcher can help you prepare an outline, and add and edit citations in your document.

    To learn more, see Research for your paper easily within Word.

Word Researcher on References tab

Word Researcher UI

Check spelling, grammar, and style with Editor

Word automatically checks spelling and grammar, and makes styles suggestions with Editor, marking misspelled words with a red squiggly underline, grammar mistakes with a blue double underline, and style suggestions with a gold dotted line.

Note: Editor is only available for Office 365 customers and comes in limited languages. The feature also includes an Accessibility Checker. To learn more, see Editor - your writing assistant.

  1. Right-click the word and read the explanation.

  2. Select a correction, or select Ignore.

Office 365 Spelling & Grammar example

Use Styles

Use Styles for headings, paragraphs, ... to apply a consistent font, font size, font color, and spacing throughout your document.

  1. Select the words, paragraph, list or table that you want to apply a style to.

  2. On the Home tab, in Styles, select the style that you want.

Office 365 Word Styles on Home tab

Office 365 Word Styles drop-down

Select Styles Sets and Themes

Use Style Sets and Themes to add a professional look to your document.

  1. On the Design tab, point to the different Style Sets and watch the formatting change automatically.

  2. Select Themes, and choose a theme from the drop-down.

Office 365 Word Themes

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