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Chapter 7. Putting Text Tools to Work > Getting the Scoop on Smart Tags

Getting the Scoop on Smart Tags

One of the exciting features Word 2003 offers is smart tags, which have been significantly improved in this release of the Microsoft Office System. Smart tags deliver what their name suggests—they provide links to additional information that gives you more data on a recognized item, person, place, or thing. They make you “smarter” by giving you wider access to the data in your applications.

Smart tag functionality is included with Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and smart tags can be displayed in Microsoft Internet Explorer. A smart tag is meant to be an intuitive link, an easy connection to more information about the tagged item. For example, suppose that you’re writing a report that summarizes new research your department has recently completed. When you type the list of contributing writers, you see the name of a person you recognize, but you can’t recall her department. In theory, if the information about the employee has been entered, you should be able to position the pointer over the employee’s name and see a ScreenTip containing information about her, complete with her name, e-mail address, and other contact information. The fact that this data is retained in Excel and potentially in Web documents makes this transfer of data smarter and more consistent.


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