Definition of Wikipedia: Wikipedia (Listeni/ˌwɪkᵻˈpiːdi.ə/ or Listeni/ˌwɪkiˈpiːdi.ə/ WIK-i-PEE-dee-ə) is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on a model of openly editable content. The name “Wikipedia” is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links designed to guide the user to related pages with additional information.
I believe everyone is familiar with Wikipedia. I believe that almost everyone has used it to search for something. I believe that is a very useful and powerful website. Well, this website Wikipedia is now available also in Microsoft Word 365 as an Add-In. In order to find out, how to use it, is just to follow the steps below.
We must select the Insert tab and from the area of the ribbon named Add–Ins, we select the Wikipedia Add-In as shown in the image below. Once selected the Add-In task pane appears at the right of our screen. The first time we use the Wikipedia Add In, we are informed with the following information:
New Office Add-In:
This Add-In Comes From The Office Store. If You Trust It, It Will Have Access To The Contents Of Any Documents Where This Add-In Is Included.
If we agree, we activate the Trust This Add-In button and if we are not sure we activate the See Details button for more information. For this post, I have activated the Trust This Add-In button to activate the Wikipedia Add-In.
In the image below, we notice the Add-In task pane at the right of our window, where we can notice that the name of the task pane now is Wikipedia. We also have the familiar with the web page Wikipedia search box, where we just type in what we want to search for.
In the following image, I have typed in the Wikipedia Search Box the criteria “Greece” in order to search for. Then, I pressed the search button and straight away the results appear in the Wikipedia task pane.
In the Wikipedia task pane, we notice at the top of the results the following categories, where we can select what we want in order for it to be displayed in the task pane:
Whatever we want to display, it is up to us. Once we have found what we are interested in, and we want to insert the information in our Word Document, we must select the information that we need as shown below. Once the information is selected, on top of the selected area, a plus sign appears among with the Insert command as shown.
Once the Insert command is selected, the selected information is inserted in our Word Document among with the Source as we can see below.
A very useful Add-In I believe. Instead of navigating to the actual Wikipedia web page and searching what we want, and then selecting it and copying it, and moving back to our Word Document, with this Add-In we have everything at ‘our feet’.
Below you can check out the video describing the Wikipedia Add-In for Microsoft Word 365.
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