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Microsoft Word - AutoSummary


AutoSummary is a feature of Word in the Microsoft Office Suite. AutoSummary allows you to focus the reader’s attention on key concepts within a document. AutoSummarize determines key points by analyzing the document and assigning a score to each sentence. Sentences that contain words used frequently in the document are given a higher score. You then choose a percentage of the highest-scoring sentences to display in the summary.

For some students with cognitive disabilities, reading a document in which key concepts have been summarized allows them to access the content and focus on the important points rather than on decoding the material.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to the Autosummary Feature of MS Word.


Instructions on How to Use the AutoSummary Feature of MS Word

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to AutoSummary feature of MS Word.

Please click below for a video demonstration of how to use the AutoSummary feature of MS Word.

Demo: How to Use AutoSummary

Technical Requirements and Where to Access MS Word

MS Word (MS Office 2008 for Mac and MS Office Pro 2007) Technical Requirements:

Mac Requirements:

  • Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.5 GB hard drive

Windows Requirements:

  • 500 MHz processor speed or higher
  • Windows XP SP 2, Server 2003 SP1 or later
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2 GB hard drive

Go to http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepr... to download a 60 day free trial of MS Office Pro 2007;


Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/trial-download.mspx to download a 30 day free trial for MS Office 2008 for Mac.


Picture of a summary of an MS Word document.


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