Get insights into what you're working on with Smart Lookup

Have you ever reviewed a document or read an email and found yourself challenged by an unfamiliar word or phrase? In Microsoft 365, work smarter and quickly look up the word or phrase to get connected to multiple resources related to it.

  1. Select a word or phrase.

    Select the text to look up.

  2. Right-click the selected text, and choose Smart Lookup.

    Select Smart Lookup

  3. The results pane opens showing more information about that word or phrase, including definitions, Wikipedia articles, and top related searches from the web.

    Smart Lookup results pane

  1. Double-tap a single word to select it, and then tap Smart Lookup.

    Tap the text and tap Smart Lookup

    Or, to look up a phrase, tap once on a word, tap Select from the menu that appears, and then drag the selection to include the phrase you want, and then tap Smart Lookup.

    Select a phrase to lookup

  2. The Smart Lookup pane opens with more information about that word or phrase, including definitions, Wikipedia articles, and top related searches from the web.

    SMart Lookup results pane

The Smart Lookup feature debuted with Office 2016 and has improved greatly with Microsoft 365.

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