How to Use the Word 2008 for Mac Thesaurus

The Word 2008 for Mac thesaurus offers alternative word choices and is one of Word’s most useful writing tools. The thesaurus works just like a printed thesaurus, but it’s even better because it’s faster than leafing through pages, and it’s always just a couple of clicks away when you’re using any of the Office applications.

To display a list of suggested synonyms, right-click or Control+click a word for which you want to replace and then choose Synonyms from the pop-up menu that appears. Then click the word you want to use instead from the list of suggestions.

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Another way to look up synonyms is through the Toolbox’s Reference Tools pane. To open it, either

  • Choose Thesaurus from the pop-up Synonyms submenu.

  • Choose View→Reference Tools and then click the triangle to the left of the word Thesaurus to open the Thesaurus panel, if it’s not already open.

  • Press Command+Option+R and then click the triangle to the left of the word Thesaurus to open the Thesaurus panel, if it’s not already open.

The Reference Tools pane of the Toolbox appears with the Thesaurus panel expanded.

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Click the Insert button to place the word selected in the Synonyms list in your document at the insertion point or click the Look Up button to see synonyms for that word.

To find synonyms for another word, type it in the search field at the top of the window and then press Return or Enter.

Word keeps track of your recent searches for you. To see a pop-up menu displaying all the words you’ve typed in the search field recently, click the little triangle next to the magnifying glass icon. Choose a word from this menu, and Word looks it up immediately; you don’t have to press Return or Enter.

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