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Suggestions in Microsoft Word online just got way more useful

Microsoft Word Sentence Rewrite
Microsoft Word Sentence Rewrite (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Word online can now suggest rewrites of entire sentences.
  • The feature previously worked with just phrases but has been expanded.
  • To use the feature, you need a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription.

Microsoft recently updated a feature within Microsoft Word online that helps you rewrite sentences. Previously, the Rewrite suggestions feature for Word online only suggested rewrites to phrases. Now, you can highlight an entire sentence and see several suggestions that improve the flow of a sentence. The feature is available now for Word online and requires a Microsoft 365 subscription or Office 365 subscription. Microsoft announced the feature and discussed how it works in a recent tech community post (opens in new tab).

Microsoft first showcased the Rewrite suggestions feature at Build conference in 2019, though at the time it could only suggest rewrites to phrases. The feature utilizes a neural network and machine learning models that have been trained with millions of sentences.

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To use the feature, you just select a sentence and click "Rewrite Suggestions." If suggestions are available, Word shows you several suggestions to choose from. The feature focuses on making sentences concise, readable, and fluid.

At least for now, the feature is only available for Word online.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

1 Comment
  • Based upon the three terrible suggestions in the screen cap, I would not use this ever. The suggestions don't even say the same thing. "... So that they flow better" is the obvious choice for me but it's not even there. This former editor says: avoid at all costs.