How to Summarize Articles Using Microsoft Word 2007

A cool feature in Microsoft Word 2007 is it lets you Automatically summarize articles and find key points of the document so you don’t have to read the entire thing.

A cool feature in Microsoft Word is it lets you Automatically summarize articles and find critical points of the document, so you don’t have to read the entire thing. This saves you time and gets you to the main points in a lengthy document.

Note: Here, I’m using Word 2007, but the feature was discontinued in 2010.

Summarize a Microsoft Word 2007 Document

Open the document you want to summarize and click on the Office button.

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Then click Word Options.
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Word Options comes up. Click on Customize from the sidebar.

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Open the “Choose Commands From” dropdown menu and select the “All Commands” option.

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Scroll down from the list of commands and find AutoSummary Tools, click on Add and click Ok.

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Click on the AutoSummarize Tools button from the Quick Access toolbar and click on AutoSummarize.

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The AutoSummarize dialog box opens and shows you different options. You can select the type of summary you want and the length of the summary too.

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The Highlight Key Points feature picks commonly used words and phrases from the document and highlights them.

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Insert Executive Summary option will put the abstract of the document on top.

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Create a new document option will use the summary above and paste it into a new document. Lastly, hiding the everything option will paste the summary of the document and will remove any extra material.



  1. Mike Blanton

    May 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Autosummary does not appear to have made it past 2007.

    • brie

      November 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      It continues into Word 2008 however it has been discontinued past Word 2008.

  2. Paul Macefield

    June 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

    AutoSummary is the feature that lists the Title, Subject, Author, Keywords, and Comments. This feature was available from the Tools menu.

    In Word 2010, this feature is no longer used.

    If you insert an abstract into the document, that is not AutoSummary data and will remain. However, if the document was in a summary view when it is saved, it will not be after you open it.

    Taken from

    • ahsan

      April 6, 2013 at 1:19 am

      Why would they take off such a useful feature newer versions of their program?

  3. Beth

    November 11, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Good point Ashanti. Why would #Microsoft get rid of the auto-summarize feature?

  4. Manase Mokgolo

    March 26, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Dear Guys

    Why Microsoft get rid of the auto-summarize feature and when is it reinstating it.

    • Steve Krause

      March 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Hidden feature no one was probably using… Cut it! :(

  5. Ranjeet Singha

    June 8, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Thanks a lot.I was searching for online tool to summarize articles and book chapters.Was not aware that it was present in MS 2007.

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