A defining moment

J. Carlton Collins, CPA

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 (carlton@asaresearch.com) is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

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