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Chapter 4. Using Proofreading and Resear... > Finding Synonyms Using the Thesaurus

Finding Synonyms Using the Thesaurus

The Word thesaurus provides you with a tool that can be used to find synonyms for the words in your document. Synonyms are words that mean the same thing. Because the thesaurus can generate a list of synonyms for nearly any word in your document, you can avoid the constant use of a particular descriptive adjective (such as “excellent”) and actually add some depth to the vocabulary that appears in your document.

The thesaurus is now part of a new Research tool that has been added to Microsoft Office. Research tools like the Word thesaurus are accessed in the Research task pane, which you can open by clicking the Research button. The Research task pane can be used to search local resources such as the thesaurus and custom data sources specifically created by a company or institution. For example, a data source could be created that would allow a user to find information about a particular product they are writing about by accessing the custom data resource through the Research task pane.


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