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.
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.
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.
The Microsoft Word Thesaurus is surprisingly intuitive and works just as well, if not better, than the one available on dictionary.com. To insert a word you’ve found in the thesaurus, just Right-Click that particular ward and Select Insert.
Improving your writing vocabulary sure is simple now, eh?