How does Grammarly for MS Office work?

The Grammarly add-in for Microsoft Office allows you to use Grammarly while you’re writing Word documents or Outlook emails.

Before you download and install Grammarly for Microsoft Office, make sure Grammarly supports your operating system:

  •  Windows 7
  •  Windows 8, Windows 8.1
  •  Windows 10
  •  Parallels (Windows OS on a Mac computer)

Supported versions of Office: Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019.

Grammarly for Microsoft Office can be used with an Office 365 subscription as long as your plan provides one of the supported Microsoft Office versions.

User Guide: Getting Started

Opening Grammarly

Just click the Open Grammarly button in the Home tab or use the button in your new Grammarly tab, and the Grammarly sidebar will appear.

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Specifying check types

Once you open Grammarly, you'll be brought to the Grammarly tab to specify which of our four categories of suggestions you want to run on your document.

To make sure Grammarly checks your document for correctness, clarity, delivery, and engagement, please click All Issues. To enable only one category, just click on it. Grammarly suggestions will be shown directly in the sidebar.

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Note: If you are a Grammarly Business user, you can also take advantage of style guide suggestions in Microsoft Word or Outlook.

If you use Grammarly in Microsoft Outlook, you can use our tone detector to check the tone of your writing. For more details, check this article 

Making corrections

Accept text suggestions with one click on the suggestion card.

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  1. Accept suggestion: Click on a suggestion to apply the change in the text. To revert a recently applied suggestion, click Undo
  2. Ignore suggestion: Dismiss the suggestion and remove it from the list of suggestion cards.
  3. Learn more: Get a detailed explanation of the highlighted writing issue, and learn how you can improve your future writing.

Deactivating certain check types 

Certain types of suggestions, such as Oxford comma and passive voice suggestions, can be turned off. 

If you see a suggestion that is not helpful, hover over the trash bin icon in the upper right corner of the suggestion card. If it’s a suggestion that can be deactivated, you’ll see an option that says Turn off suggestions like this:

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After you deactivate a suggestion, you can turn it back on by clicking Deactivated Suggestions in the Grammarly tab:

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Note: This feature is available only to Grammarly Premium users. If the Deactivated suggestions button is grayed out, you haven’t deactivated anything yet. If you’d like to learn more about this feature, check this article

Adjusting goals

You can adjust your goal settings to receive more tailored writing feedback from Grammarly. To adjust your settings, click the Adjust Goals button: 

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In the pop-up windows, select your desired audience, formality level, and domain (type) for your text. 

Note: The Domain setting is not available in Grammarly for Microsoft Office in Outlook. 

Changing default settings 

Click Settings to access your Grammarly settings within Word or Outlook. You can:

  • View your account information
  • Change your dictionary and profile settings
  • Automatically enable Grammarly for every new document you create
  • Check for updates to the Grammarly Add-in 
  • Configure proxy settings (useful for computers behind a firewall)

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