Microsoft Office is fast becoming the communications lifeline of business enterprises as well as for other users. Each updated version further improvises on the functionalities on offer in the Microsoft Office package. Currently, the new Microsoft Office 2010 public beta has been released for the first time. There are many facets to the MS Office. It makes the usage of spreadsheets, word processing and creating innovative presentations amongst other things, an easy task. For a program that is so vast and multi dimensional, it is not shocking that most users are not too aware of all the functions and applications that can be used in synchronization with the MS Office.

Use of Online Dictionary

One such variegated use of MS Office is employing an online dictionary side by side with the MS Office functions. There are many online free dictionaries that can be linked to Office quite easily. Merriam Webster’s, Oxford’s and even the Encarta for in depth information pertaining to any subject under the sun.

MS Office has a built in link up with a dictionary as well as a thesaurus. Synonyms can be found at the click of a button, making MS Office valuable while writing essays and dissertations as well as for all professional uses. However, if you are looking for a more in depth dictionary that makes wider searches possible, it makes sense to implement an online dictionary along with the MS Office. Not only does the program allow for such linkage but it also allows the user to change, modify and update words as per his/her usage and vocabulary.

Step-By-Step Procedure

The Research option is made available in MS Office that provides the synonyms and thesaurus while being a customizable service. Simply follow the directions to use an online dictionary with MS Office.

  • In MS Office 2007 or 2010, go to the ‘Review’ tab and select the option, ‘Research’ in the ‘Proofing’ set. If you are using MS Office 2003, select the ‘Research’ option in the ‘Tools’ menu.
  • Once the research task pane opens, select ‘Research’ option which is available at the bottom of the pane.
  • The Research options dialog box offers you the alternative to ‘Add Services’.
  • On clicking this option, an input box opens which asks for the ‘Address’ wherein the user can paste or type the name of the URL that he/she wishes to use with the MS Office.
  • Once the URL for the online dictionary has been added, click the ‘Add’ button. Click ‘OK’ to close the dialog box.
  • The next time you open the Research pane, the list of services available to you will now include the online dictionary that you have added.

Encarta dictionary and MSN happen to be Microsoft services and it can be assumed that linking with these online sites is easier with Microsoft Office. This assumption would, however, be wrong. The Research addition options are just as easily linked to and compatible with other online dictionaries like Highbeam as well. Another valuable piece of information is that you can link MS Office with more than one such link and can then toggle between the links to get the most suitable option.