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Chemistry Add-in for Word

Chemistry Add-in for WordOn February 1, 2011, we announced the availability of version 1 of the Chemistry Add-in for Word, as well as the assignment of the open source project to the Outercurve Foundation by Microsoft Research and the University of Cambridge. Read the press release

The Chemistry Add-in for Word makes it easier to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas, and 2-D depictions, within Microsoft Office Word. Additionally, it enables the creation of inline “chemical zones,” the rendering of print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures, and the ability to store and expose chemical information in a semantically rich manner.

The future of research will be powered not only by ever more rapid dissemination of ever large quantities of data, but also by software tools that 'understand' something about science. These tools will behave intelligently with respect to the information they process, and will free their human users to spend more time doing the things that humans do best: generating ideas, designing experiments and making discoveries. Chem4Word is one of the best examples so far of this important new development at the interface between science and technology.

Timo Hannay, Managing Director, Digital Science, Macmillan Publishers

By using Chemical Markup Language (CML)—a chemistry-specific XML—the Chemistry Add-in for Word makes it possible not only to author chemical content in Word 2007 and 2010, but also to include the data behind those structures. The Chemistry Add-in and CML help make chemistry documents open, readable, and easily accessible to humans as well as other technologies. The Chemistry Add-in supports publishing and data-mining scenarios for authors, readers, publishers, and others throughout the chemical information community.

Introductory Demo


Unilever Centre for Molecular Science Informatics, Cambridge University, UK

  • Dr. Peter Murray-Rust, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr. Joe Townsend, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Jim Downing, University of Cambridge, UK

Microsoft Corporation