The Research tool found in MS Word, Excel, and other Office applications is a Microsoft Office tool that allows you to highlight a word and immediately lookup its meaning, search for different words, or even conduct additional research – all without leaving the Microsoft Office environment.
Launching the Microsoft Office Tool for Research
The research tools in Word 2007 are located in the Review tab of the Ribbon. Either click the Research or Thesaurus icon in the Ribbon or highlight a word and press Shift and the F7 key. These actions will open the Research pane which appears on the right side of your current Word document. Note that the Research tool is available in MS Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
What Can this Microsoft Office Tool Do for You?
The Research tool is one of the many tools in Word 2007 that can perform a number of functions. Among its functions, this Microsoft Office tool allows you to enter a word and:
- Look up its definition in several available dictionaries.
- Search for related words in several thesauruses.
- Translate text to or from a different language.
- Lookup the latest news and articles related to the selected term.
- Lookup the term in the Bing search engine.
- Lookup the term using research tools such as High Beam Research.
- Lookup stock quotes on MSN Money.
- Lookup company profiles on Thomson Gale.
While you could easily do the same thing using your Web browser, these built-in Microsoft Word tools allow you do so without having to leave the Office environment. If you need to quickly find basic information, this Microsoft Office tool may be just the tool for you. For example, if you’re writing an article about Forbes Inc. and want to include contact information, use the Microsoft Office research tool to look up the company info on Thomson Gale. You’ll instantly have access to Forbes’ address, phone number, and URL as well as information about the company including its founding date, number of employees, annual revenue, and more.
Use this Microsoft Office tool to conduct basic research with just a click or two of the mouse.