Rewrite in Word – Say it another way!

By Office Feature PM on August 12, 2019

UPDATE! Rewrite in Word is now available in Monthly Channel (Targeted) for users running the latest build.

Hello, my name is Zhang and I am a Program Manager on the Office Natural Language Experiences team. I would like to share a new feature called Rewrite in Word.

Ever found yourself repeating phrases or looking for better expressions when writing in Word? Check out Rewrite in Word to quickly find alternative expressions for phrases in your writing.

Gif demonstrating the Rewrite feature in action

How it works

Select and right-click a short phrase that you want to change, and click Rewrite (Preview).

The context menu for Rewrite in Word.

The Rewrite pane will open on the right side of your document, and will include both the original sentence (on the top) and the rewrite suggestion (on the bottom).

When you hover over the suggestion, you will also see a live preview (yellow highlight) in your document to help you evaluate the suggestion in the context of the original sentence. If you like one of the suggestions, you can simply click on it to change your sentence accordingly.

Example of the Rewrite menu showing a suggested rewrite.

To make the feature more accessible, you can find Read Aloud features in the drop-down menu on the right side of each suggestion.

And if you think a certain suggestion is inappropriate, you can always report it back to us for review, via Report this suggestion in same drop-down menu.

Menu showing the Read Aloud options for the Rewrite suggestions

Requirements

  • The feature is available for users running Insider builds on Windows, starting from build 1908 (11901.20018). It is also available to 50% of users running the latest Monthly Channel (Targeted) build. If you don’t see it yet, you will soon!
  • Requires an Office 365 subscription.
  • This feature only supports English for now.

Feedback

If you have any feedback or suggestions, you can submit them using the Help Improve Office (🙂) button in the top right corner of Word. We’re excited to hear from you!

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