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Research Tools in PowerPoint 365 for Windows

Explore Research tools to connect with websites, translations, and more in PowerPoint 365 for Windows. Some of these research tools can make a huge difference.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 365 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 10 and higher



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While creating a slide deck, do you suddenly want to authenticate a figure or double-check a fact? Well, there's no need to open a web browser or even access a conventional dictionary because PowerPoint includes the Research Task pane. Unfortunately, there is no Research button available any longer in the Review tab of the Ribbon, but you can still access the Research Task pane and perform tasks possible in previous versions of PowerPoint.

Follow these steps to research content in PowerPoint 365 for Windows:

  1. Open an existing presentation and select a single word or a small phrase on your slide, as shown in Figure 1, below. Do note that single words may return more research results. Now, press both the Alt and T keys together, and next press R.
  2. Select a word or phrase in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
    Figure 1: Select a word in PowerPoint
  3. This action opens the Research Task Pane on the right side of the PowerPoint 365 interface, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.
  4. Research Task Pane in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
    Figure 2: Research Task Pane
  5. The word that you selected on your slide is shown within the Research Task pane, as can be seen highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above. As you can see, there are no results shown in the Research Task pane. To see these results, press the Search button, highlighted in green within Figure 2. Doing so will show results, as shown in Figure 3, below. Do note that three types of results are shown in this case, as can be seen highlighted in blue within Figure 3. These are Thesaurus, Translation, and Other places to search. In each case, you can click on the option to see the detailed results.
  6. Results in the Research Task Pane in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
    Figure 3: Results in the Research Task Pane
  7. Now, click the All Reference Books drop-down list highlighted in red within Figure 3, above. This action will show a drop-down list of reference sources, as shown in Figure 4, below. This list is getting more sparse all the time, and that may be the reason why Microsoft makes it so difficult for you to bring up the Research Task pane. Within this list, you will find reference books, research sites, and business/financial sites. You can add more sites for free or on a paid subscription basis. Also, some research options like the thesaurus work locally but for access to online resources like search engines and stock quotes, you need to be connected to the Internet.
  8. List of reference sources in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
    Figure 4: List of reference sources
  9. Here are the descriptions of the research services within the drop-down list:
  10. All Reference Books

    Thesaurus English

  11. This provides alternate words in English. Learn more in our Thesaurus in PowerPoint tutorial.
  12. Thesaurus French

  13. This provides alternate words in French.
  14. Thesaurus Spanish

  15. This provides alternate words in Spanish.
  16. Translation

  17. Provides translations from one language to another. Learn more in our Translation in PowerPoint tutorial.

Research Pane and Copyrights

Although it is perfectly acceptable to choose an alternative word from the thesaurus and even copy a few difficult spellings, it is certainly not advisable to copy content from the Research pane to create a presentation. Remember that the Research tools are intended for "research" only.

You can control which sources show up in the Research Task pane. To do so, you click on the Research options button, highlighted in green within Figure 3, earlier on this page. Learn more in our Research Tools in PowerPoint tutorial.


People Also Ask:

How do you do research using PowerPoint?

There are several options in PowerPoint to do research on a variety of topics. You can use the Research task pane in existing presentations, or you could use the PowerPoint QuickStarter option to research content for a new presentation.

How do I create a PowerPoint presentation from a research paper?

If your paper is long, as most research papers are, you will have to create a concise version of the research to use as content for your PowerPoint presentation. Focus on what's most important such as findings, outcomes, and results.

How do I turn a PowerPoint deck into a research paper?

As long as you have a structured presentation that includes a ToC, or an agenda slide that can work as a ToC, and content that is created to work like a research paper, you can convert your PowerPoint deck into a research paper. One option is to save the slide deck as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.

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