In this video, learn how to prevent the overuse of the same word in a document by using the built-in thesaurus to look up synonyms, drill deeper into more synonyms, and even find antonyms for a specified word.
- [Instructor] Have you ever been typing away in your Word document and you need to find a word that's on tip of your tongue, and you just can't come up with it. Or perhaps you're using the same word over and over in your document, and you need to find some synonyms. Well, there's another proofing tool in 2019 called the thesaurus that's going to help you with that. Let's explore it now with our Tech Connect document 0803, if you're catching up. Scroll down to the bottom of page one. Check out the first sentence about the Give-a-Thon in Denver, Colorado likening it to the hubbub of activity to a typical frenzied day on Wall Street.
How about the word hubbub? Maybe there's a better word, a more professional word. We'll click anywhere in the word to look up synonyms for hubbub. We simply make sure the review tab is selected on the ribbon, and click the source. That opens up the pane over here on the right hand side. The word's already showing up at the top, and it's also highlighted here in our document. That means we can find a synonym down below that we might think would work better by simply selecting it, like the word din.
Go ahead and click it. That opens up the word din to show synonyms for that word including hubbub. Well, I'm thinking maybe if we just go back and use the word din, as opposed to looking up other words. Click the drop down arrow and insert it. Notice it replaces the word hubbub with the word din. Let's try that one more time. Down in the next paragraph, just three short years ago we quietly. Click in the word quietly. Now when we do that, we're still looking at hubbub over here.
So if you wanted to, you could could the source again, and it replaces it with the word quietly. Again, we can go to any of these synonyms. You can see some are different types of adverbs, and if you find word that you like, I think softly. We can click the drop down and go directly to inserting it, like so. When you're done with the thesaurus, click the x in the top right corner to close up the pane and continue working on your document. So, if you're looking for a certain word, you can't come up with you but you know the general idea, type in a similar word, use thesaurus to find that word.
Or again, if you're using the same word over and over throughout a document, that can become a little monotonous, you might want to look up other words that mean the same thing to create some variety in your documents using thesaurus.
- Opening, closing, and reading documents
- Finding and replacing text
- Changing font formatting and text case
- Formatting text with styles
- Working with paragraph text
- Creating bulleted and numbered lists
- Illustrating your documents with shapes and images
- Setting proofing and autocorrect options
- Sharing and collaborating with others