Use the Visual Thesaurus from Microsoft Word!

You asked, we listened!

By far, the feature that our customers have requested most is the ability to open the Visual Thesaurus from Microsoft Word. Today, we are happy to announce that your prayers have been answered!

Announcing the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word!

If you have Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, or 2003 for Windows, you can download and install the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word. This program works with your existing Desktop Edition (Version 3) or Online Edition subscription to give you access to the Visual Thesaurus when using Microsoft Word.

Enhance the Visual Thesaurus for Free!

Being able to use the Visual Thesaurus while working in Microsoft Word makes the Visual Thesaurus an even more indispensible tool for writing. In fact, we think this is such an important upgrade that we decided to offer it for free to all our existing customers. If you already own the Visual Thesaurus, or you are a current subscriber, you can download the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word for free! Simply fill in the form below, and we will email you a link where you can download the software.

Using the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word is Easy

To use the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word, just click on the Visual Thesaurus icon in your toolbar.
Open the Visual Thesaurus from the toolbar.
You can also access the Visual Thesaurus by right-clicking on any word in your document.
Open the Visual Thesaurus from a context menu.

Download the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word

Are you interested in downloading a beta copy of the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word? If so, click on the "download" button below to start your download. After you complete the download, double-click the "Setup.exe" file to install the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word on your computer.

Name Filename Platform File Size
Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word Setup.exe Microsoft Windows 1.7 MB

Visual Thesaurus for Word FAQ

1. What are the minimum system requirements?

To use the Visual Thesaurus for Word you will need:

  • Windows 98, Me, 2000, XP, Server 2003 or newer
  • Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, 2003 or newer

In addition, Desktop Edition Users will also need:
  • The Visual Thesaurus Version 3, Desktop Edition

In addition, Online Subscribers will also need:
  • Internet Explorer 5 (or greater)
  • Sun Java Plug-in 1.4 (or greater)
  • A connection to the Internet

2. What about a version for the Macintosh?

If you have a Macintosh, we're sorry to say that you'll have to wait a little longer for Microsoft Word integration. But, we're working on it!

3. Will the Visual Thesaurus for Microsoft Word work with the Desktop Edition?

Yes. If you have the Desktop Edition of the Visual Thesaurus installed, the Visual Thesaurus for Word "Add-In" will automatically detect it and use it to launch your word searches.

4. What about the Online Edition? Can I use my subscription?

Yes. If you are a subscriber and you do not have the Desktop Edition, the Visual Thesaurus will automatically use your subscription. Please note that you must be connected to the Internet in order to use your subscription.

5. What happens if I have neither?

If you do not have the Desktop Edition and are not a current subscriber to the Online Edition the Visual Thesaurus will operate in a special trial-only mode. You must be connected to the Internet in order to use the trial edition. To purchase the Desktop Edition, the Online Edition, or to learn more about the Visual Thesaurus, please click here .

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Comments from our users:

Saturday June 24th 2006, 7:59 PM
Comment by: Sam P.
This is a fantastic product that should be in every school building in the country.
Tuesday July 18th 2006, 6:54 PM
Comment by: Juanita C.
I like it! I really like the 3D experience. I really like the 3D experience. The word relations are accurate and I like the fact that you can search even further on the web.

I like the fact that you can pull up VisualThesaurus from within Word. However, I think the next step should be the capability to select a word from Visual Thesaurus and insert that word directly into your Word document at whatever location you click on (perhaps this can be built into the right-click menus on both VT and Word) -- this would certainly beat retyping everything. I think it would make VT a more integrated tool with Word -- and it would put it over the top verses the on-line or browser versions. (perhaps that capability can be put there as well?? Maybe just a cut and paste??)

Also, would like to have ability to adjust out print size and format. Most time we won't be printing these things out so perhaps just a little more flexibility for smaller print size and a more direct way to handle portrait versus landscape mode.

VT is a great idea! I definitely will use the thesaurus more often because of it.
Sunday August 6th 2006, 12:30 PM
Comment by: James G.
I love the WORD feature... This is the reason I have VISUAL THESAURUS :)

Dr. James Gentry
Tarleton State University
Thursday August 17th 2006, 10:36 AM
Comment by: oliver W.
Very useful addition to Word. I like it and will use it often.
Thursday August 24th 2006, 1:10 AM
Comment by: Abraham T.
Wow, I can't wait to use Visual Thesaurus with word. Thank you
Friday August 25th 2006, 7:14 PM
Comment by: Dianne T.
I can't wait to try this. Visual Thesaurus is awesome!
Tuesday September 12th 2006, 2:18 PM
Comment by: olga D.
Nice and easy. I love the variation in words. Thanks
Sunday October 8th 2006, 3:51 AM
Comment by: jean paul C.
An essential English teaching tool.
Keep up the good work !
Wednesday October 25th 2006, 7:53 PM
Comment by: Patti G.
I'm a professional reporter and this will make my work so much easier! Thank you.
Thursday November 2nd 2006, 11:27 PM
Comment by: Fred G.
While I don't use it all the time, it is convenient and very helpful to have it as part of the word program.
Saturday November 4th 2006, 12:50 AM
Comment by: Mark B.
The MS Word option is a home run!!!

I loved the product before but it was hard to make it a natural part of my daily process. The Word integration solves that. You highlight a word and click the icon and you're there!


Monday January 1st 2007, 10:26 AM
Comment by: william E.
I look forward to trying the new Word for Windows Thesaurus service.
Monday January 8th 2007, 12:30 PM
Comment by: Diana G
Thank you for the new feature. It works in the classroom!
Wednesday January 10th 2007, 3:41 PM
Comment by: Dr.R.D.B. L.
Simply a program to stimulate thinking that is sorely needed in the world today. In most of the Western world, we use advesarial thinking--which is "I'm Right and You're Wrong." Words excite, tempt, generate ideas, play with your mind, fascinate and on and on . Use this program with mind and concept maps(yes, even concept maps). Alas, at age 72, I still want to keep that three pounds of grey matter working each day.
Monday April 9th 2007, 9:24 PM
Comment by: Darryl T.
I would like to download VT for Microsoft Word 2003. Thx.
Sunday April 22nd 2007, 4:52 PM
Comment by: Paz E.
VT is awesome! I really enjoy this new technology and I can't wait to use it. For me english is second language..i can truly appreaciate this amazing tools. This is wonderful! I hope my writing skills will get better.
Sunday February 3rd 2008, 4:14 AM
Comment by: Evelina P.
I love Visual Thesaurus! Considering English is not my mother tongue and I have a philology degree, I have enormous interest in linguistic tools. This is by far the cleverest one I have seen! I wish only that you had the Visual Thesaurus from Microsoft Word on Vista...
Sunday February 3rd 2008, 5:12 PM
Comment by: Maria V.
This is jusst great!!! thanks
Tuesday February 5th 2008, 5:52 PM
Comment by: Robert W.
Using the word you have looked up VT and then using it MS Word (I hope I can explain this)
If you have word opened and you look up a word in VT try left clicking the word in VT and then drag it into the task bar where MS word is MS word will open and then still holding down the left mouse button put it where you want it and release the button. Hey presto the word you have looked up is now in MS Word.
Tuesday April 22nd 2008, 2:27 AM
Comment by: Sunday A.
awesomely delightful, a great peace, it makes things a lot easier. Keep up the good work. Thanks VT
Friday April 25th 2008, 10:07 PM
Comment by: Robert D.
Very cool. Thanks!
Sunday May 10th 2009, 3:38 AM
Comment by: Jo C. (Saskatoon Canada)
Monday October 4th 2010, 9:20 AM
Comment by: Federico (Bloomington, IN)
I love it, but (in my case) the MS Word option would be a home run if it were possible to use it on a MAC...
Please, make it happen!!!
Sunday July 6th 2014, 3:18 PM
Comment by: Ro
I have purchased Visual Thesaurus, however it's not in my WORD program. Somehow, it's in my CHROME icon. I don't want it there. I already tried the directions on line and it doesn't work.
How do I get it out of Chrome and into the WORD program?
My order # 0000698828.

Thank you for your help.
Rosemary Stivelman
Monday May 15th 2017, 11:20 PM
Comment by: Bianca T. (Italy)
I just found out about this! I have been using VT for quite a while, with the online version.
I downloaded it, and will see how it works!
In any case...a wonderful product!

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