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Improve Your Writing Using Microsoft Word’s Built-in Synonyms and Thesaurus

Use thesaurus and synonyms in Word 2010

Have you ever had one of those moments while writing where you knew what you wanted to say, but you couldn’t think of the right word express it?  If so, you’re not alone.  Anyone who has spent time writing is probably well-familiar with this dilemma.  The best way I’ve found to overcome this problem is with the use of a useful tool: a thesaurus.  This tool is included in Microsoft Word, and it is incredibly easy to do that.  But, most people might not even know it’s there –so let’s take a look and see just how easy it is to use.

Step 1

The first thing you need is your content.  Write your song, story, or article like you normally would.  Once finished, go through and look for words that you would like to change.  When you find one, Select that word and Right-Click it.

Write your song and then select the word you want to change

Step 2

From the right-click context menu Select Synonyms.  The synonyms list will display a handful of words with similar meanings.  If you see a word you like, simply Click it to replace the one you highlighted.  Unfortunately, you won’t always be able to find a good synonym from this menu.  When that happens just Click Thesaurus.

use the thesaurus when the synonyms are no good

Step 3

The Microsoft Word Thesaurus is surprisingly intuitive and works just as well, if not better, than the one available on  To insert a word you’ve found in the thesaurus, just Right-Click that particular ward and Select Insert.

right-click thesaurus words to insert them


Improving your writing vocabulary sure is simple now, eh? 

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One Response to Improve Your Writing Using Microsoft Word’s Built-in Synonyms and Thesaurus

  1. Josh May 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Microsoft word thesaurus is horrible.
    Always more synonyms than what is given. Trying to look for alternatives to “having said that” and nothing comming up…

    Despite this even and other sites seem not to have every possible word.

    There needs to be a third party add on IMO.

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