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Draft and add content with Copilot in Word

Start a draft with Copilot in Word

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  1. Start a new blank document.

  2. In the Draft with Copilot box, type or paste your prompt. For example, "Write a proposal for a new flavor in the Fourth Coffee latte lineup."

  3. Select Generate, and Copilot will draft new content for you.

  4. Once Copilot generates content, select Keep it keep the content, Icon for regenerating results for Copilot in Word Regenerate to regenerate a response, Icon for discarding a response in Copilot in Word Discard to discard the content, or fine tune the draft by entering details into the compose box, like "Make it more concise."

Screenshot of the options bar after using Draft with Copilot in Word

Important: Remember that Copilot for Microsoft 365 generates a draft. You'll need to verify and modify details to make sure it's accurate and fits your tone and style. ​​

Tip: If the draft isn't exactly what you're after, or if Copilot wasn't able to complete the task, try modifying your prompt by adding specific details, such as "...for the holiday latte lineup." You can also fine tune your result by entering details into the compose box in Copilot's options bar after a response is created.

Try this

Here are some suggestions for prompts you might want to try. Copy them or modify them to suit your needs.

  • Write an article on the importance of creating work/life balance.

  • Write a white paper about project management.

  • Write a job offer letter for a sales position at Contoso. The start date is August 1st, and the salary is $60,000 per year plus bonuses.

For even better results

Give Copilot more context to work with. The more you tell it the more detailed and specific Copilot can be with the draft. For example, if you have an outline or a list that Copilot can work from, go ahead and add that to your prompt.

Start from a file (or three!)

Note: This feature is currently only available to customers with a business subscription.

If you want Copilot to base your new document off a file you already have, you can tell it to do that. In the Draft with Copilot dialog, select Reference a file to choose up to 3 files that Copilot should look at when creating your new document.

In the compose box, you can also enter "/" and the name of the file you'd like to reference, which will update the file options shown in the menu for selection.

They have to be files you have permission to access in your organization's SharePoint or OneDrive and can be either Word or PowerPoint files.

Add content to an existing document

Stay in the flow and let Copilot help you add more to your document.

  1. Go to a new blank line.

  2. Select the Copilot icon  Logo icon for Copilot in Word in the left margin of your document.

  3. In the Draft with Copilot dialog tell Copilot what you'd like, or just select Inspire me to have Copilot add more text that builds on the text you already have in the document.

  4. After Copilot has provided additional content, you can select Keep it, RegenerateDiscard it, or fine tune Copilot's response by entering details into Copilot's compose box, like "Make it sound professional."

Screenshot of Copilot in Word's options for keeping or changing its response

Learn more

Welcome to Copilot in Word

Frequently asked questions about Copilot in Word

Microsoft Copilot help & learning

Where can I get Microsoft Copilot?

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