How to Use Wikipedia in Microsoft Word – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Use Wikipedia in Microsoft Word – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Use Wikipedia in Microsoft Word – MUO – MakeUseOf 0 0 Alan Dickson

Learn how to work with the Wikipedia add-in in Microsoft Word to create information rich documents.
With encyclopedias no longer taking up room on the bookshelf, Wikipedia is the go-to online resource for anyone needing answers. It's a collaborative website that is useful for students, researchers, and general users alike needing facts for projects, work-related tasks, or information.
In this article, we show you how to use the Wikipedia Add-in tool in Microsoft Word, including step-by-step instructions to make full use of the resources, images, and infobox material Wikipedia provides.
By now most of us already know what Wikipedia is used for, however, it can also be an incredibly useful tool for creating presentations, business manuals, personal notes, or study material. For anyone who needs to extract information and images from Wikipedia, you are now able to do just that using Microsoft 365 Word and its Wikipedia Add-in.
For anyone who has an up-to-date Microsoft license, or a Microsoft 365 subscription—the Wikipedia add-in is a tool that you should already have in Microsoft Word. If you aren’t certain that you already have the add-in, go to the Insert tab on the Word ribbon and you should see the Wikipedia icon in the Add-ins group.
If you don’t see it but would like to add it, take a look at the article published here which shows you how to find, install, and open add-ins.
To start using and recording the information found on Wikipedia in your Word document, follow the steps listed below:
There is no need to wait until a company is on the Forbes list of companies to start a Wikipedia page. A well-constructed company article offers free promotion and can make any organization more visible on search engine pages.
There are other versatile ways to use Wikipedia in all business environments. From search engine visibility (Wikipedia is usually at the top of Google's result page) that attracts new clientele, to providing citations that enhance a company's reputation, the encyclopedia can be a branding tool.
Updated and fact-checked Wikipedia information can be used as building blocks on any Word document. A company can even link to the Wikipedia page from a Word document and use it as a way to build trust with new clients.
For education, provided that you aren't relying solely on the information found on Wikipedia, it can be a rich source of facts and data. Wikipedia often has tables, images, and even charts that you can utilize and add to your Word document. Most, if not all, academic institutions will ask for references or sources, and the beauty of Wikipedia is that every page has a dedicated section which lists these for you. Just don't forget to check the cited sources yourself.
The Wikipedia Add-in in Microsoft Word gives you another way to quickly add data to your document. The Images tab in the add-in works like a image browser, helping you quickly scroll through images in a Wikipedia article and add it to your document if necessary. Maybe, build a travel itinerary in Word.
The core benefit: It turns Word into a research tool and saves you the bother of browsing Wikipedia in a browser. Pick a topic you want to know more about and use this add-in to gather the basic facts on a Word document. You can quote snippets of information and the add-in links to the source automatically. It can become second nature when you work on Word a lot.
Sam is a Staff Writer for the MUO team and focuses on writing articles for Office & Productivity. Most recently she has been called on to assist the International Trade Centre in editing documents for the Myanmar region.
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