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.
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- Open Microsoft Word.
- If your computer does not display the Encarta dictionary, from the Review tab, click Research.
- At the bottom of the Research pane, click Research options.
- If you see, Encarta Dictionary, select it, then click OK.
- If you do not see it, click Add Services.
- In the Address bar, type http://office.microsoft.com/Research/query.asmx and click Add.
- Click Install.
- Click OK.
- You will now see the Encarta Dictionary in the list. Click OK again.
- 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?
Need another suggestion? Read this solution from the Microsoft forum that explains how to set Research Options in the Trust Center.