When you are typing a lot about the same subject, it’s natural to use the same words. But if those words are used over and over, it can make the content boring or difficult to read.
One way that you can fix this is to replace those overused words with some new ones. This is the perfect situation for a thesaurus. Luckily Microsoft Word has a thesaurus built into the application that you can use to discover synonyms for a word in your document.
How to Find a Synonym With the Microsoft Word Thesaurus
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will also work in other versions of Word as well.
Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Select the word for which you wish to find a synonym.
Step 3: Click the Review tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Thesaurus button in the Proofing section of the ribbon.
Step 5: Hover over the word that you want to use in the column at the right side of the window, then click the arrow to the right of it.
Step 6: Choose the Insert option.
The selected word in the document should now be replaced with the one that you just selected.
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