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When did Microsoft Office 2010 Word stop including a dictionary in the program? Can I replace it with another digital dictionary? How?

I had a dictionary in my research options before my computer crashed and I had to buy another. After I re-installed the Office Suite on the new computer it no longer has a dictionary. I am frantic to fix this because I'm a writer and a grad student. I really need that easy look-up feature with full definitions. I have not been able to get any help from Microsoft. I have been hung up on 3 times now, like it's a dirty little secret they don't want to talk about. They don't want to answer the question at all. I don't even have the Bing option in research anymore.

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I found a post on the Microsoft Answers forum that walks you through the resolution. Still unclear on what exactly causes the problem but at least there is a fix. I hope this helps.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-office_install/research-tool-options-missing/5ec25194-d305-4206-834b-ab8cac0cd522

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Thanks. I'll give it a try.
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Thanks! I got it working. After entering an address offered by jbot2k at the site you gave, all I have to do is hold the ALT key and click on the word. Finally, after six months of struggling with this, it works!
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There's alot of online dictionaries you could use like Webster or Dictionary.com

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I know, and I use them, but it was so easy and quick to hit the research button and go on typing while it found several definitions. Online you get one or two definitions, and they are abbreviated, not extensive, like Encarta was. And you have to wait for all those ads and stuff to load, then look over the whole page to find the definition. It's never at the top of the page. It takes forever to find a word in a physical dictionary, and they frequently don't have the sophisticated words that I search for. I like alternatives, so the combo dictionary and thesaurus was great. If I found a synonym that looked like it might fit you could click on it and it would give a full definition plus more synonyms. If the definition didn't fit what I wanted, I could go back to the previous word with one click. Now all I get are synonyms. Useless without nuances.
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Most words have as much as 5 to 10 definitions, each subtly or greatly different. Now all I get are stupid one word synonyms.
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Well.. use a real dictionary, then?
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So, you don't know when or why Microsoft stopped including a dictionary in Word. Okay. I will seek another source for that answer.
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