How to Use the Thesaurus in Word 2007 - dummies

How to Use the Thesaurus in Word 2007

By Dan Gookin

The built-in Word 2007 Thesaurus enables to look up synonyms, antonyms, word substitutes, and alternative spellings. Word can help you increase your writing abilities and vocabulary when you use this Microsoft feature as a handy reference.

Vary your vocabulary to spice up your writing. Use the Word Thesaurus to avoid using the same words over and over.

Finding a synonym in a Word 2007 document

Here’s how to use the Word Thesaurus to find the synonym of a word:

  1. Right-click the word in your document.

  2. From the pop-up menu, choose the Synonyms submenu to see a list of words with a similar meaning.


    The Synonyms submenu displays a list of synonyms for the word you chose.

Not all words have synonyms. If nothing’s available, the Synonyms submenu will read (No Suggestions).


Replacing a word with a synonym in a Word 2007 document

If you want to replace the word in your document with a Word synonym suggestion, just choose it (click it) from the submenu. The new word replaces the old word.

If you don’t want to use any of Word’s synonym suggestions, simply move your cursor into a blank part of the document and click. The Thesaurus menu disappears.

Sometimes, the thesaurus also shows you at least one antonym (a word with the opposite meaning).


To accept an antonym suggestion, just click it from the list.