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6.8. AutoSummarize

Imagine this scenario: Five minutes to get to the professor's office, and you suddenly remember that she wanted you to include an abstract (a summary) at the beginning of your thesis. Or this one: You proudly plunk your report on your boss's desk and he says, "I'm not reading all this. Give me the 15-minute version." Word's AutoSummarize feature comes to the rescue in situations just like these.

Unfortunately, Word doesn't actually read your document and then write a well-crafted summary. (Maybe in Word 2021.) What Word does is scan the document for frequently used words, then string what it believes to be the key sentences together into a summary. ("Key sentences" are those that include those most common words.)


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