There are lots of great hidden features tucked away in Microsoft Word that you probably don’t know about. From activating research tools, to changing the page color of documents to reduce eye strain, to easily capturing screenshots, here are three tricks that you will enjoy.
Research with Smart Lookup
Say you’re reading a document in Word and you stumble across a word or topic and you’re not entirely sure what it means. Smart Lookup is the answer.
- Highlight the word > right-click on it > select Smart Lookup.
- A pane is going to pop up on the right-hand side. First, you’ll see some great research links providing you with more information about the word. Over to the right, you’ll see the Define tab, which you can click on if you just want a definition of the term in question.
Tired eyes? Change the background of your documents to sepia
If you’re staring at Word docs all day and your eyes get tired, you’re not alone. That bright, glaring white background of Word can be tough to look at after a while.
- You can switch the program to the more eye-friendly “Read Mode,” which allows you to change the page color.
- Go up to View > Read Mode > View > Page Color > Sepia. We think you’ll find this easier on your eyes.
Make screenshots in a quick and easy way to insert into your Word doc
- Just click on Insert > Screenshot. Word will show you the windows you currently have open on your desktop. Just choose the one you want and you can insert a screenshot of it into your document.