Learn about Smart Lookup in PowerPoint 2016 that provides access to reference sources within PowerPoint.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
The new Smart Lookup feature in PowerPoint 2016 is an option that brings up definitions, images, and other results from various online resources about a word or phrase, right within PowerPoint. PowerPoint’s online documentation sometimes calls this feature Insights, and it looks like the terms Insights and Smart Lookup are the same features.
There are three ways to bring up the Smart Lookup Task Pane:
Whichever option you may choose from the three ways explained above, you will bringing up the Smart Lookup
Task Pane, as you can see leftwards in the image shown in Figure 4, below. Do note that there are two tabs in this pane,
and in Figure 4, the Explore tab is activated (highlighted in red).
Figure 4: Explore tab of the Smart Lookup Task Pane
Use the scroll bar on the right side of the Smart Lookup Task Pane (highlighted in blue within the same image) to scroll down and explore till the end, as seen rightwards in the image shown in Figure 4.
As you can see in Figure 4 above, the Explore tab includes various sections such as Explore Wikipedia, Bing image search, etc. A preview with information associated with the selected text is already visible and you can click the More option to see detailed content related to any section.
Clicking the More button will open further resources within the Smart Lookup Task Pane.
The Define tab (highlighted in red within Figure 5 below) of the
Smart Lookup Task Pane can be seen leftwards. This tab contains definitions and pronunciation for the selected text.
Use the scroll bar on the right side of the Smart Lookup Task Pane (highlighted in blue
within the image shown leftwards in Figure 5, below) to scroll down and explore till the end, as shown rightwards in the
screenshot illustrated in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Define tab of the Smart Lookup Task Pane
You can thus do some basic research about a word or a phrase right inside PowerPoint.
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