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    Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    I have attached an example of what happens when I highlight a word in normal text, hit the key between the "Alt Gr" & right "Ctr"l key then hit the "Y" key which in the first example opens up a menu box with the Synonyms option. At this stage If the "T" key is hit the Thesaurus option appears. However if numbers in brackets or bullets are used to signify a paragraph a different menu box opens that does not have the synonyms option. Is there a way round this anomaly please? I have prepared two attachments so will send the second in another post. Regards.
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    2nd attachment.....
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    You should be able to open the Thesaurus anywhere in a document by selecting Tools | Language | Thesaurus... or by pressing its keyboard shortcut Shift+F7.

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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    Which version of Word are you running?

    In my little test using Word 2003, I consistently got a Synonyms item, and it was populated with synonyms as well as having a link to the Thesaurus dialog. I tried two different numbering and two different bullet styles.

    In case you are seeing the result of an add-in altering your shortcut menus, try starting up Word in its "factory default" mode:

    Start > Run...
    winword.exe /a

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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    I, too, have Word 2003 and can see the synonyms entry on the shortcut menu.

    I think you can craft a workaround if you really want to see it on the shortcut menu.

    Click on Tools > Customize. On the Toolbars tab, scroll down and tick the checkbox next to "Shortcut Menus." A small toolbar should appear that has "Text" "Table" and "Draw" drop-down menus.

    Click Text and click on "Lists" -- this will display the shortcut menu that displays when your cursor is in a list. If "Synonyms" is not on the menu, then add it as you would add an item to any menu.
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    Hi Kim. Please excuse my ignorance but the last phrase of the last line leaves me vague.... If "Synonyms" is not on the menu, then add it as you would add an item to any menu. how do I add an item to a menu please?
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    To add an item to a toolbar or menu, or to remove an item, or to move an item, select Tools | Customize...

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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    Hi Dave,

    OK, here's the first part -- You've got Tools > Customize open, right? And you have the shortcut toolbar visible?

    Click the text drop-down and see if you can find Lists on the list of shortcuts. Check this first and report back.

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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    Hi Kim. As the screen shot shows I do not have the same items in the menu when following the sequence of clicks you gave... does this suggest that maybe I have an earlier version of WORD? I suspect it is 2002 but how do I determine which version it is. Jefferson asked me which version of Word I am running so I ran Belarc Advisor for a full report but all it shows is that I am running with Windows XP Professional SP2. Kind regards again to you all.
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    You can see which version of Word you have by selecting Help | About Microsoft (Office) Word...

    I have Word 2002, and like Word 2003, it *does* have Synonyms in the Lists shortcut menu.

    You can reset all built-in shortcut menus to their default settings by selecting Shortcut Menus in the Customize dialog and clicking Reset...

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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    Hello friends.....I have just noticed and read Hans' instructions regarding how to ascertain which version or Word I am running and discover it is 2000 which more than likely answers my question..... that the reason I could not find it is because it is not available in that version. Thanks anyway as again Hans' tip of using Shift + F7 to access Synonyms / Thessaurus of a highlighted word works with all text whether it is straight forward or has bullets etc. Kind regards...
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    Indeed, Synonyms was not part of the Lists shortcut menu in Word 2000, that was added in Word 2002.

    But, as noted, one can highlight a word anywhere in the document and press Shift+F7 to display the Thesaurus dialog.

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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    .....thread closed having added a little more knowledge to my grey matter...... Thank you all Regards.
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    Re: Synonyms etc. (Windows XP Proff. SP2)

    You seem content with your knowledge, but you can still add Synonyms to the Lists shortcut menu, if you want to...

    I have a pdf I can send you if you're interested. I can't get it small enough to upload through the forum.
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