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One of the features of Microsoft Office applications is the research pane. It used to be accessible from review menu of a Word document. With the release of Microsoft Office 2013, it appears that research button can no longer be seen under the review tab. However, there’s still a way to open it, as well as bring it back in Word’s ribbon.
The research pane lets you find the synonyms, antonyms, meanings and translations of various words. There’s no need to launch a separate application for these functions as Microsoft Office comes built-in with the research feature. If you’re connected to the Internet, it also creates a search on the web using search sites like Bing.
While the research pane can be easily launched in Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint from the review tab just like with the previous versions of the applications, this option is not present in MS Word. But as we’ve mentioned, there’s still a work around to launch the research pane even when the button is not available under the review tab of Word. Here’s how you do it.
If you prefer to place a research button on Microsoft Word’s ribbon, this can be done. Commands can be added on a customized group under any of the existing tabs or a customized tab. It’s not possible though to add a command to a default group. As a workaround, we’ll first create a group under the review tab, then add the research command there.
You can also add a shortcut icon on the Research command on the quick access toolbar. Open the Word Options window once more and click on the Quick Access Toolbar, which is just below the Customize Ribbon option. Click Research under commands and click Add. If you are looking to learn more about using Word in your office, contact us today to see how we can help.
Published on 12th March 2014 by Jeanne DeWitt.