What's new in Word 2019 for Windows

Word 2019 gives you new ways to work with documents, like improved digital pen features, book-like page navigation, Learning Tools, and translation. Here are highlights of what's new since Word 2016.

See others' changes in real time

When someone else is working with you on a document, you'll see their presence and the changes they're making.

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Real-time collaboration

Tools for easier reading, more natural writing

Whether you're reading and writing in a language you're not familiar with, or just want to make reading easier, Word 2019 can improve your ability to communicate and absorb information.

If you use a pen-enabled device, take advantage of enhancements to drawing and handwriting. And if math is your thing, you'll be glad to know that Word now supports LaTeX syntax.

Break the language barrier

Translate words, phrases or sentences to another language with Microsoft Translator. You can do this from the Review tab in the ribbon.

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Translator button, and one word in English and its translation in French

Improve your reading experience

Give your eyes a rest. Adjust text spacing, column width, and page color. Or listen as Word reads your document aloud, highlighting text as it's read.

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Four available leaning tools that make documents more readable

Draw and write with your digital pen

A customizable, portable set of pens (and pencils!) lets you write in your document in a natural way. Highlight something important, draw, convert ink to a shape, or do math.

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Office 365 subscribers can draw in ink with three different textures: a pencil, a pen, or a highlighter

Use LaTeX syntax in your equations

Word now supports LaTeX math syntax to create and edit math equations. Write equations by selecting LaTeX format from the Equations tab.

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LaTeX format

Add visual impact

With a library of icons and a trove of 3D images to choose from, there have never been more ways to add visual interest to your documents.

Add icons and SVGs

Add icons or other scalable vector graphics (SVGs) to your documents. Change their color, apply effects, and change them up to suit your needs.

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Editing graphical style of an icon

Get all the angles with 3D images

Easily insert a 3D model, and then rotate it a complete 360 degrees. Your readers will be able to rotate it too.

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Showing 3D model template under File > new

Accessibility improvements

Help ensure that your documents are accessible to people of all abilities, and enhance your own productivity with these tools.

Fix accessibility issues with one click

The Accessibility Checker is better than ever with updated support for international standards and handy recommendations to make your documents more accessible to people with disabilities. Implement recommendations right from the pane with a one-click fix.

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Computer screen with document on the left and Accessibility visual with a check mark on the right

Cue the audio

Sound effects can enhance your productivity in Microsoft Office by providing audio cues. Turn on audio cues to guide you as you work. Find it in Options > Ease of Access. No add-in needed.

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Partial view of Word's Ease of Access settings

Documents are easier to find and navigate

Word 2019 provides a more book-like way of reading documents, and docs you received as email attachments are easier to find.

View a page at a time, side by side

Instead of scrolling continuously, flip through pages like a book with Side to Side view. On a touch screen, use your finger to page through your document. No touch screen? The horizontal scroll bar—or your mouse wheel—gives you book-style navigation.

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Side to Side

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