How to Add Research Options Services in Office 2010 or 2007

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 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, Vice President - Christa Love has a passion for education and technology. A graduate from Brock University she has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, Bachelor of Education in Primary and Junior divisions, and Masters of Education in the area of Curriculum Studies. Her work at TechnoKids Inc. began more than twenty years ago as an instructor at a local learning center. Since that time she has operated the summer camp program, taught at the research and development center at John Knox Christian School, trained educators throughout the province on issues related to technology integration, and overseen the curriculum development of hundreds of technology projects. In recent years, Christa has become the vice president of TechnoKids Inc.

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