Finding Alternate Words

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2020)

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One of the tools which Word provides to help improve your writing is a full thesaurus. You can use this tool to find alternate words with the same meaning (synonyms), words with the opposite meaning (antonyms), or related words. To find a synonym, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point in the word you wish to check.
  2. Press SHIFT+F7 or choose Language from the Tools menu and then Thesaurus from the submenu. You will see the Thesaurus dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Thesaurus dialog box.

  4. In the Meanings list, select the word meaning closest to your intended meaning of the word.
  5. In the Replace With Synonyms list, select a synonym for your word.
  6. Click on Replace.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2020-03-28 08:44:52

Allen

Believe it or not, Ron, as of today there are still 9,400+ subscribers to WordTips (menu) and I get requests from people regularly to keep it going. That's why, after 13 years, these tips are still here. Microsoft may have stabbed users in the back way back then, but people still want the information and they cannot get it from Microsoft anymore.

-Allen


2020-03-28 04:54:02

Ron S MVP

Why don't you have a link to a ribbon version of this tip?
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Isn't it about time to consider migrating any menu only tips to the ribbon? It's been 13 years, and 5 Office versions, since MS stabbed menu users in the back.
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While many experienced users are aware that "old" tips, like this one, still work in the ribbon, less experienced users aren't ... so they need the explicit confirmation in a tip.
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Actually, tips like this one could easily cover both menu and ribbon versions in a single tip page.
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