How to Add Research Options Services in Office 2010 or 2007

research in microsoft office

In Microsoft Word 2010 or 2007, your students should be able to access a dictionary or the Bing search engine, when they click the Research command on the Review tab. If this feature is not working follow these ten steps to manually add Research Options in Microsoft Word.

UPDATE 3/27/2018: TechnoKids continues to develop technology projects for the 2013 and 2016 versions of Microsoft Office. To find a TechnoKids project right for your students view the Project Matrix or visit the TechnoKids website.

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. If your computer does not display the Encarta dictionary, from the Review tab, click Research.
  3. research command microsoft word 2010 or 2007

  4. At the bottom of the Research pane, click Research options.
  5. Microsoft Word Research Options

  6. If you see, Encarta Dictionary, select it, then click OK.
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    If you see Encarta Dictionary select it. If not, move to the next step.

  8. If you do not see it, click Add Services.
  9. Word Research Option Services

  10. In the Address bar, type http://office.microsoft.com/Research/query.asmx and click Add.
  11. Click Install.
  12. Install the Encarta Dictionary in Microsoft Word.

  13. Click OK.
  14. You will now see the Encarta Dictionary in the list. Click OK again.
  15. To test it out, type the word pelage in your document. Select the word. Now click the Research command on the Review tab. Does it automatically show the definition? If not, click the Reference arrow and select Encarta Dictionary. Does it work now?
  16. research pane in Word 2010 or 2007

    Select the Reference arrow. Click on the research option you would like to use.

    Need another suggestion? Read this solution from the Microsoft forum that explains how to set Research Options in the Trust Center.

Christa Love

Christa Love, Curriculum Developer & Teacher ~ I am passionate about blending technology into curriculum. Whether it is programming, video production, graphic design, or digital citizenship, I am interested in how apps and tools can be used to enhance learning. Throughout the years I have designed many TechnoKids technology projects. My favorite part of curriculum development is field-testing the ideas to determine the activities that work best in real classrooms. I write about what I have learned that can save teachers time in their own curriculum planning.

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