Q: I know that Word 2013 contains a thesaurus that can be accessed by selecting a word and clicking Shift+F7, but is there a similar function for accessing the definition of a word?
A: Right-clicking on a word in Microsoft Word 2013 and selecting Define from the pop-up menu will display definitions for that word in the sidebar, as pictured below.
The first time you use this tool, you will be prompted to download a dictionary by clicking one of the Download buttons that will appear upon selecting Define from the pop-up menu. This is a free download that takes only a few seconds to install. Thereafter, the tool responds instantly, as shown in the example pictured below.
J. Carlton Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.
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