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Smart Lookup with Office 2016
Office 2016’s Smart Lookup … the next-best thing to a personal research assistant Information taken from PCWorld.com feature of February 2016. Among all of Office 2016's useful new features, there’s one in particular you’ll definitely want to take the time to master: Smart Lookup. In short, it serves as a digital research assistant, pulling in information from the Web to enhance your work or help you decipher unfamiliar content. If you’re an Office regular, Smart Lookup holds the key to a more powerful workflow. Where to find it Smart Lookup is just one right-click away in any Office 2016 app. Highlight a word or phrase you want to research, right-click, and select Smart Lookup from the context menu. You can also get to this feature by launching Review > Smart Lookup and entering a query. Smart Lookup works similarly in both Windows and Mac versions of Office 2016. When you launch the tool, a sidebar appears on the right side of the screen that displays the results of your query. Here’s the really cool thing about Smart Lookup: It takes context from the words around the one you’re searching for in order to provide you with the most relevant results, because so many words and terms have multiple meanings. There’s a reason it’s called Smart Lookup! Be a word nerd Living up to its name, Smart Lookup will find a definition, synonyms, and the parts of speech for any word you highlight. Select the Explore tab to get word-usage information, or scroll down the page for entries from Wikipedia or Bing search results. Click on Define for a word's meaning and to hear how it's pronounced. microsoft training business intelligence software solutions Pull in research from the web A useful feature is Smart Lookup's ability to do a quick web search from within Office. The searches are powered by Microsoft’s Bing. You still might need to leap over to the browser, as clicking one of the links will take you there. But Smart Lookup is a good way to get started before you succumb to opening 20 different tabs. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/bluenovation Twitter twitter.com/blue_novation Docs.com Docs.com/bluenovation Check out our website www.bluenovation.co.uk Bring some smarts to your spreadsheets Smart Lookup isn’t useful just for writing and editing. With Excel, you can use Smart Lookup to define an unfamiliar term you encounter in a spreadsheet. Those few seconds you save by not having to launch your browser can mean a lot when you’re trying to finish crunching year-end balance sheets.