Smart Lookup in Office 2016

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Smart Lookup

Have you run out of ideas?

Are you looking for more information about a certain topic?

Looking for Insights but don’t know where to look for it?

A new feature that is available in Microsoft Word 2016, as well with other Office Programs is the Smart Lookup command. All we have to do is to select the text that we want, use the Smart Lookup command and then we will see definitions, images, and other results from various online resources. In order to use the Smart Lookup command all, we have to do is to continue reading.

First of all, we must select the text that we want in order to use the Smart Lookup command, and then select the Review tab and from the area of the ribbon named Insights, we select the command Smart Lookup as shown in the image below.

Review - Insights - Smart Lookup

Straight away at the right of the window, the Insights task pane appears with all the information associated with the text that we selected. In the Insights task pane, we can scroll up and down, in order to locate the information that we want.

The Insights task pane is separated in two tabs:

  • Explore: We use it, in order to explore the information associated with the selected text.
  • Define: We use it, in order to view the definition of the selected text.

Insights Task Pane

In the image below, on the Insights pane and on the Explorer tab I have scrolled down in order to view the rest of the information. If we click on the More command, our Explorer will open and display the rest of the information. We also notice images from Bing Search.

Insights Task Pane - Explorer

In the image below, on the Insights task pane, I have selected the Define tab where we notice the definition of the selected text, which in this case was the word Greece.

Insights Task Pane - Define

In the next image, I am using the Excel application, I selected the cell with the word NPV, and then from the Review tab and from the Insights area I selected the command Smart Lookup. Straight away, the Insights task pane appears containing all the information associated with the NPV function.

Review - Insights - Smart Lookup

In the next image, I am using the PowerPoint application, I selected the cell with the text Print A File With Tracked Revisions, and then from the Review tab and from the Insights area I selected the command Smart Lookup. Straight away, the Insights task pane appears containing all the information associated with the selected text.

Review - Insights - Smart Lookup

That is it! We have all the information that we need right in front us. All we have to do is to use the Smart Lookup command and whatever we are looking for, will be presented straight away.

The Smart Lookup command is available in Word 2016, Excel 2016 and PowerPoint 2016.

Below you can check out the video describing the Smart Lookup feature in Microsoft Office 2016.

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