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Insiders FAST: Researcher for Word for Mac is here!

Douglas M Taylor started on

Hi Office for Mac Insiders,

I’m Douglas, and I’m a program manager in Office. Last year, we announced the availability of Office Researcher feature for Word for Windows Desktop. Today, we’re excited to bring Researcher to our Mac users, currently available to Insiders FAST users.

Researcher can help you write well-researched papers quickly by helping you find reliable sources, insert high-quality images, cite and create bibliography without leaving Word. We built this feature through a close relationship with the Bing team and are excited to hear what you think about it!

Get a quick overview by watching this video:


To see the Researcher pane, you must:

  1. Be an Office 365 subscriber on the Insider FAST level.
  2. Have Version 15.36 (170508) or later installed.
  3. The Researcher feature supports these languages/markets:
        • English – US
        • English – GB
        • French – France
        • Italian - Italy
        • German – Germany
        • Spanish – Spain
        • Japanese – Japan

Getting started

You can access the Researcher pane by clicking the References tab and then click on Researcher.


Learn more about Researcher in our help article: Research for your paper easily within Word.

Try the following scenarios

Here are a few things we’d like for you to try:

  1. Do a search for a topic you’re writing about and explore the results. Did you find what you’re looking for? 
  2. After you write from an article you found, click ‘Quote this' to add an inline citation for it.

  3. Search for images and add them to document.

  4. Insert a bibliography by going to References > Insert Bibliography.
  5. After inserting a bibliography, add more references to your document, then go to the Bibliography section, click on the bibliography tab down arrow, and Update Citations and Bibliography.

We’d love your feedback

Now is the perfect time to help us improve how Researcher works! If you hit any rough spots, or if you have suggestions for improvement, let us know. You can leave a comment on this post, or on Twitter via the @OfficeInsider handle. You can also submit feedback in Word by clicking the smile icon on the top right corner. We closely monitor each of these feedback channels, so please use whatever you prefer.


Doug & the Researcher team

Doug Taylor, PM Microsoft
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