Grammarly offers a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge. The extension works on popular websites and can help you check your text whenever you write online.
Note: If you also use Grammarly for Windows and Mac, the browser extension will be turned off by default but will remain active in Google Docs. For more information on how to use Grammarly in Google Docs, check out this page.
To check whether the extension is installed, take a look at the top bar of your browser. If the extension is active, you’ll see the Grammarly icon:
Note: If you use Chrome, you can pin Grammarly’s browser extension to your toolbar for easier access. To do that, click the puzzle icon in the upper-right corner of the browser window and then click the pin icon to add Grammarly to your toolbar.
Once the extension is installed, you should see Grammarly’s writing suggestions as you type on different websites.
This article covers the following topics:
- Checking text
- Deactivating certain suggestion types
- Using definitions and synonyms
- Adjusting language preference and managing settings
When you click into a text field, you should see Grammarly’s logo in the lower-right corner. As you start typing, Grammarly will begin to check your text dynamically, and the Grammarly icon will spin:
Note: Grammarly does not initialize in text areas smaller than 38 pixels in height.
When Grammarly finishes checking the text, the icon in the lower-right corner of the text field will show the number of suggestions.
Some of our suggestions appear as underlines directly in the text. To accept a suggestion, hover over the underlined text, then click on the suggestion that appears:
Other suggestions will appear one by one once you click the Grammarly icon in the lower-right corner of the text field. To accept a suggestion, click the corresponding button on the card that appears next:
If Grammarly flags an unfamiliar word and you’re sure it’s spelled correctly, you can either dismiss the suggestion by clicking Dismiss or add the word to your personal dictionary by clicking the book icon.
Note: If you use Grammarly Business or Grammarly for Education, the list of suggestions will appear in a sidebar once you click the Grammarly icon in the lower-right corner of the text field.
You can also take advantage of Grammarly’s tone detector while using the Grammarly browser extension. To find out more, visit this page.
Deactivating certain suggestion types
Note: This feature is available only with Grammarly Premium, Grammarly Business, and Grammarly for Education.
Certain types of suggestions, such as adding the Oxford comma and flagging passive voice, can be turned off. You can view and manage suggestions in your account settings by following this link.
Keep in mind that if you deactivate a certain type of suggestion, it will be deactivated in all Grammarly product offerings that you use.
Using definitions and synonyms
Grammarly’s browser extension also includes various features to help you improve your writing, such as looking up definitions or synonyms.
These options are activated by default, but you can switch them on or off by clicking the Grammarly icon in your browser’s toolbar.
You can check the definition of a word on any website by double-clicking it:
When writing, you can find synonyms by double-clicking a word you wrote:
Adjusting language preference and managing settings
You can adjust your preferences by clicking the Grammarly icon in the text field. In the pop-up that opens next, click the gear icon:
Alternatively, click the Grammarly icon in your browser’s toolbar to update your preferences:
Here you can:
- Turn off Grammarly’s browser extension for a particular website
- Activate or deactivate the definitions and synonyms feature
- Activate or deactivate the autocorrect feature
- Activate or deactivate phrasal predictions
- Change your language preference
- Create a new document or access your dashboard in the Grammarly Editor
- Switch between using Grammarly for Windows and Mac and the Grammarly browser extension
- Activate the auto-citations feature