Microsoft Word includes an Auto Summarize option that will automatically create a summary of a document for you. When you select this option, Word will examine the document and highlight the sentences that are most important. If you trust that Word will pick out the main idea, then it is a great feature to use.

The Auto Summarize option is not readily available in Word 2007. You can make the tool available by following these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and choose Word Options.
  2. Click Customize.
  3. Using the Choose Commands From drop-down list, choose Commands Not In the Ribbon.
  4. In the list of available commands, locate and select AutoSummary Tools.
  5. Click the Add button. The command is copied to the right side of the dialog box.
  6. Click OK.

The AutoSummary tool now appears on the Quick Access toolbar. To create a summary of the document:

  1. Open the document you want to summarize.
  2. Click the AutoSummary tool on the Quick Access toolbar.
  3. Choose Auto Summarize from the submenu that appears.
  4. In the Type of Summary area, specify which of the four summary types you want to create.
  5. In the Length of Summary area, indicate by using the Percent of Original drop-down list exactly how long you want the summary to be.
  6. Click on the OK button.

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