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How to Use the Thesaurus in Excel 2010

Excel 2010 includes access to a thesaurus via the Research task pane if you need to find a word with a similar meaning to a word on your worksheet. Using the thesaurus is a simple process.

1

Select the word you want to replace with another word.

If multiple words appear in the cell, double-click the cell and then drag over the word you want to look up.

2

Click the Thesaurus button in the Proofing group on the Review tab (or press Shift+F7).

The Research task pane appears on the right side of the screen and displays various meanings of the current word and possible replacements.

3

Point to the word that fits best as a replacement and click the arrow next to the word.

If you don’t see the exact word you want, click a similar word, which displays its synonyms. Click the Back button to return to the previous word.

4

Choose Insert.

Excel replaces the current word with your selection.

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