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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (May 16, 2006)

Looking for a Word in Word? Hit Shift + F7!




Have you ever been working in Microsoft Word and gotten stuck for a synonym for an overused vocabulary word? Yes, so have I!

What to do? First, highlight the word with your mouse. Then, hold down the "Shift" key (located on both the right and left of your keyboard) and then hit the key "F7" in the upper row. When you do the key combination correctly, you will get a popup box with various suggestions, including antonyms.

In the most recent versions of Word, you will get a whole sidebar of information under the heading "Research," including the ability to search online and in various reference sources on the Internet for just the right word to use.

Be cautious, however, to make sure the new word will fit in your existing sentence! Note the word forms (noun, verb, adjective etc.) and, to be extra sure, try a Google search for the new word and find a sentence or two to check how it is used.

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