MS Word 2013 - I Cannot Access The Dictionary

MS Word 2013 No longer includes a Dictionary feature



When you click on the Define option under the Review Tab, a message opens on the right side to Sign In with a Microsoft account login.



An Add a Service window will open to enter your email or phone# for the sign in from your own personal Microsoft account or Microsoft Online Services ID to access it.



WORKAROUND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PERSONAL MS ACCOUNT: Hold the ALT key while clicking a word in the text. A list of online dictionaries will display on a right-hand side panel that you can choose to define the word. Notice that from the drop-down arrow you may select Encarta Dictionary.


Word 2013 has two separate ways to look up word meanings.

1. The Define button on the Review tab does require a dictionary from the Apps for Office to be installed.

2. The other mechanism, (the workaround above) which remains from previous versions.