How do I check text?

When you start writing, Grammarly starts to automatically check your text, and the Overall score icon moves in a circle to indicate that checking is in progress. You can keep typing, and Grammarly will continue checking.


Grammarly’s extensive feedback is now organized into four categories to help you understand the reasoning behind each writing suggestion Grammarly makes: Correctness, Clarity, Delivery, and Engagement. 

After checking your text, Grammarly may suggest changes in these categories. Red underlines correspond to suggestions about spelling, punctuation, and grammar and blue underlines signify potential clarity and conciseness improvements. 

Premium users can also benefit from suggestions in green, to make your writing more engaging, and purple, which will help you strike the right balance of politeness, formality, and friendliness.

Changes to your document are automatically saved to Grammarly as you type, so you do not have to worry about losing your work.

Turning types of checks on and off

At this time, the option to disable a certain check, e.g. passive voice, is not available in the Grammarly Editor. However, you can choose to see only suggestions that belong to a certain category. 

To selectively review only Correctness, Clarity, Delivery, or Engagement checks, click the corresponding option in the sidebar on the right: 


If you use Grammarly for Microsoft Office, you can take advantage of our “Deactivated Suggestions” feature. This feature is available for a limited number of checks, such as:

  • Passive voice
  • Oxford comma
  • Repeated and overused words
  • Word choice and sentence variety
  • Filler words or multiple clauses
  • Hard-to-read sentences
  • Personal pronouns
  • Sentence ending in prepositions 

To deactivate a certain type of check, please click on the trash bin icon in the upper right corner of the suggestion card and click Turn off suggestions like this:


To turn a certain type of check back on, please click Deactivated Suggestions in the Grammarly tab:


Note: This feature comes with Grammarly Premium.


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