Did I Already Use That Word?

Have you ever found yourself repeating the same word in a document over and over again? What did you do? Wish you had a thesaurus? Well, guess what. You do!

MS Word comes with a built in thesaurus and all you have to do is get it started!

First, you’ll need to highlight the word you want replaced.

Now, you’re ready to activate the thesaurus.

In older versions of Word, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • You could go to the Tools menu, Language submenu and Thesaurus choice or you could also just use Shift + F7. That seems faster to me, but you decide.

  • A window will then open with a list of any meanings Word may have and a list of synonyms for you to choose from.

  • Just pick the word you want to use and then click Replace.

  • An added bonus here is that you can click on one of the meanings and get another list of synonyms to look through as well.

Now, for those of you using Word 2007, as expected, things are slightly different.

  • Your thesaurus is found on the Review ribbon (Shift + F7 works here too!)

  • Once the thesaurus button is clicked (with your word highlighted), you should find that it opens on the right hand side of your program window.

  • You’ll see a whole list of alternatives and, as with the older Word versions, you can click on one of the suggestions and get other synonyms for that word as well.

  • To use a word, click the down arrow and choose Insert from the menu.

As you can see, there are a variety of options. All you have to do is get your thesaurus off the shelf. Oops. I mean, on the screen!

~ April