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Research Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Explore Research options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. You can look up dictionaries and thesauri, and also translate content.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Have you ever wondered why the sites that are shown within the Research Task Pane in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint, etc. differ from computer to computer? Some computers may show extra thesauri or more options. Why does that happen? And can you control which sites show up within your Research Task Pane? Yes, you can control to a certain extent via Research options.

Follow these steps to explore Research options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Launch PowerPoint, and access to the Review tab of the Ribbon. Locate the Proofing group and click the Research button, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 1.
  2. Research button within the Review tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Research button within the Review tab of the Ribbon
  3. This action opens the Research Task Pane on the right side of the PowerPoint 2010 interface. In Figure 2 below, you can see the Research tools available (highlighted in blue). To customize what is available, click Research options link at the bottom of this the Research Task Pane, as shown highlighted in red in Figure 2.
  4. Research Task Pane
    Figure 2: Research Task Pane
  5. This click brings up the Research Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 3.
  6. Research Task Pane with no results
    Figure 3: Research Task Pane with no results
  7. Options in this dialog box are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above:

    A. Services

  8. You can choose which reference sites to show by selecting or deselecting the relevant checkboxes. For example, if you want to include both the US and UK Encarta dictionaries, select both the checkboxes. To find out more about any particular site, select it and click the Properties button (highlighted in red within Figure 3). This action shows the Service Properties dialog box as shown in Figure 4 that provides you with the details of the selected site. You can also set the selected service as a favorite by clicking the Favorite button (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
  9. Service Properties dialog box for Bing (India)
    Figure 4: Service Properties dialog box for Bing (India)
  10. B. Add Services

  11. Click the Add Services button to summon a dialog box with the same name as shown in Figure 5, below. Here you can select any available services (if they do show up). Alternatively, type the web address of the service provider within the Address box, and click the Add button.
  12. Add Services dialog box
    Figure 5: Add Services dialog box
  13. C. Update/Remove

  14. You can update services, or even remove ones you don't use by clicking the Update/Remove… button. This opens the Update or Remove Services dialog box, as shown in Figure 6.
  15. Update or Remove Services dialog box
    Figure 6: Update or Remove Services dialog box
  16. Select the services and you can update it by clicking Update… button (highlighted in red within Figure 6) or remove it altogether by clicking the Remove button (highlighted in blue within Figure 6). Note that the Remove button might be greyed out for some services.
  17. D. Parental Control

  18. If you want to prevent any specific content from being available, you can apply a Parental lock by clicking Parental Control button.

  • In Figure 7 below you can see the Research Task Pane after we enabled and disabled some services. Compare with Figure 2, shown earlier on this page.
  • Research Task Pane after changing Research Options
    Figure 7: Research Task Pane after changing Research Options


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