What's new in Word for Microsoft 365

What's new in Word for Microsoft 365

As a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you regularly get new and improved Office features. Take a look below to see what's available to you today.

Latest updates for Word for Windows Desktop

Here's what's new in Version 2006 (Build 13001.20266) , the June release. Find your Office version

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Save to your pinned folder

Pinned folders stay near the top of your Save locations so you can quickly access the folder you need.

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Know who's in your document

See who else is working along with you, and where they are in the document. You'd find this experience across other Office apps.

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When do I get new features?
New Microsoft 365 features are sometimes rolled out over a period of time to all subscribers.

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Get information about all the channel releases for Microsoft 365 client applications.

Latest releases

New for non-subscribers
Not a Microsoft 365 subscriber but using Office 2016 or Office 2019? Find out what's available in your version.

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Previous releases

Here's what's new in Version 2005 (Build 12827.20268) .

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New images to bring your documents to life

Thousands of royalty-free stock images, icons, and stickers you can use in your documents. Go to Insert > Pictures > Stock Images to get started.

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Here's what's new in Version 2004 (Build 12730.20236) .

Annotate your private copy

Create hand written notes for your eyes by making a private copy of a shared document. Go to View > Create a Private Copy to get started.

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Keep your tools handy

In your drawing toolbox, find the intelligent pen that allows you to add ink gestures to text.

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Up-level your writing

Go to Home > Editor to see everything from clarity to conciseness suggestions for your document.

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Jazz up your files and email

Give your presentations, documents, and email messages more flair with free, high-quality stock images and backgrounds.

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Here's what's new in Version 2003 (Build 12624.20320).

Pick your perfect color

Use hex color codes to choose exactly the color you want for your font, text highlight, and more.

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Here's what's new in Version 2002 (Build 12527.20194).

Lasso your ink

The Lasso tool on the Draw tab helps you select objects drawn with ink. Select individual strokes, or whole words.

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See what's new in the October update, Version 1910 (Build 12130.20272).

Convert files to improve accessibility

Upgrade your files to the modern format to make them more accessible for everyone.

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Create more accessible PDFs

Create a PDF and the accessibility checker will point out accessibility issues to fix before you save.

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See what's new for you in the September update, Version 1909 (Build 12026.20264).

Say it another way

When you want to say it differently, Rewrite is there to help. Rewrite offers alternatives for finessing your phrases.

New in: Word

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See what's new for you in the August update, Version 1908 (Build 11929.20254).

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Search and enjoy

We've added Search to Insert Icons to make it easy to find the icon you want. And when you're selecting, the Insert button tells you how many you've picked.

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Read on to see what's new in the July update, Version 1907 (Build 11901.20176).

No more bouncing to the browser

You decide how links to Office documents open: in the browser or in the app. See Link Handling under File > Options > Advanced.

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Erase with precision

Choose from two eraser sizes to fix small inking imperfections.

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Read on to see what's new in the June update, Version 1906 (Build 11727.20230).

More icons to match your mood

We've added over 300 new icons. Find them at Insert > Icons.

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Get their attention with @mentions

Use @mentions in comments to let others know when you need their input.

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See what's new in the May update, Version 1905 (Build 11629.20196).

Switch seamlessly

The new account manager shows all of your work and personal accounts in one place. Switching between them has never been easier.

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See what's new in the April update, Version 1904 (Build 11601.20144).

Add color to your page

New page colors mean that if an all-white or all-black background isn't for you, it's a snap to change it up.

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See what's new in the March update, Version 1903 (Build 11425.20202).

Improve comprehension with Line Focus

Move through a document, line by line, without distractions. Adjust the focus to put one, three, or five lines in view at a time.

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Increase the reach of your content

Accessibility checker keeps an eye on your documents and tells you in the status bar when it finds something you should look at. Try it by clicking Review > Check Accessibility.

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See what's new in the February update, Version 1902 (Build 11328.20070).

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Save your changes as they happen

Upload your files to OneDrive to make sure all your updates are saved automatically.

See what's new in the January update, Version 1901 (Build 11231.20130).

Get their attention with @mentions

Use @mentions in comments to let co-workers know when you need their input.

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See what's new in Version 18.12 (11126.20188).

Take your doc from static to stunning

Transform your document into an interactive, easy-to-share web page that looks great on any device.

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Improve comprehension with Line Focus

Move through a document line by line without distractions. Adjust the focus to put one, three, or five lines in view at a time.

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Latest updates for Mac

Keep reading to see what's new in Version 16.36.20041300, the April release.

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Find What You're Looking for

Use the search box to find text, commands, help, and more.

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Become an Office Insider and get early access to the latest Office innovations. We're continuously hard at work on exclusive monthly upgrades and new features for Microsoft 365 subscribers.

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Latest updates for iOS

Read on to see what's new in version 2.36.20040600, the April update.

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Type with your voice

Select Dictate and watch Word type while you talk.

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Make tab items larger

Press and hold the tab bar items like icons, text to increase their size.

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Become an Office Insider to get early access to the latest Office innovations.

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Latest updates for Android

There is nothing new for you in 16.0.12730.20182 the April update. Check out one of the recent features we released.

Type with your voice

Select Dictate and watch Word type while you talk.

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Become an Office Insider and you'll be first in line to see new features and tell us what you think.

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