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How does the Grammarly browser extension work?

Grammarly offers a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. If you haven’t installed Grammarly’s browser extension yet, please follow the steps in this article

Note: If you use Grammarly for Safari on your iOS device, check out this guide

Once you install the extension, you should see the G icon in the top bar of your browser:

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Note: If you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can pin Grammarly’s browser extension to your toolbar for easier access. To do that, click the puzzle icon in the upper right side of the browser window and then click the pin icon to add Grammarly to your toolbar. 

You should then see Grammarly’s writing suggestions as you type on different websites. 

This article covers the following topics: 

Checking text

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 G icon will spin:

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Note: Grammarly does not initialize in text areas smaller than 38px 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 in the text. To accept a suggestion, hover over the underlined text and click on the suggestion that appears: 

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If Grammarly flags an unfamiliar word and you’re sure it’s spelled correctly, you can either ignore the suggestion or add the word to your personal dictionary.

The full list of suggestions can be accessed by clicking the Grammarly icon or number in the lower-right corner of your text field. This will open Grammarly’s floating sidebar, which you can position anywhere on the screen. You can easily review all of Grammarly’s suggestions and make changes in this sidebar: 

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Grammarly’s sidebar was designed to help you review and apply our suggestions efficiently, so you can move the sidebar anywhere on your screen. Click and hold the upper section of the sidebar to drag it around the screen.

Note: Unfortunately, the option to manually change the window’s size is not available at this time. However, the sidebar should automatically adjust to the size of the text field.

If you are a user of Grammarly Premium, Grammarly Business, or Grammarly @edu and use our browser extension in Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook, Grammarly can also highlight sentences that are more likely to be noticed by your readers. 

If the important part of your text isn’t highlighted, we recommend either changing the order of the paragraph or making some sentences shorter. Grammarly will also provide specific suggestions on how to make your text easier to read. 

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 @edu.

Certain types of suggestions, such as adding the Oxford comma and passive voice suggestions, 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 of your Grammarly product offerings.

Using definitions and synonyms

Grammarly’s browser extension also includes various features to help you improve your writing. If you’d like to view a definition of a word on any website, double click it: 

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When writing, you can find synonyms by double-clicking a word you wrote: 

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Adjusting goals and language preference

You can adjust your goals and language preference in the sidebar. 

To set your goals, click the G icon in the lower right corner of the text field and click the Adjust Goals button: 

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If you’d like to update your language preference, click the G icon in the lower right corner of the text field. Then, click the gear icon and change your preference next to I write in

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Managing settings

You can adjust your preferences by clicking the G icon in the text field. In the sidebar that opens next, click the gear icon to access your settings: 

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Alternatively, click the G icon in your browser’s toolbar to update your preferences.

Chrome
Safari
Firefox
Edge

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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 

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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 

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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

Edge.png

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

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