There’s nothing worse than bad grammar. Grammarly is a smart desktop and web app which checks your spelling, punctuation and more, but does it work on Word? Today I’m going to help you answer this question and show you how you can use Grammarly for your writing.
Grammarly works on Word for Microsoft Office laptops, but not on Macs. There really isn’t a need for it though since you can download the Grammarly app on any computer, use it natively and then copy into a word document.
How to use Grammarly on Word
To use Grammarly on Word, follow the simple instructions below.
- Download Grammarly from the official Grammarly website
- Open Word on your laptop or desktop
- Go to File > Word Options > Add-ins > Manage > COM Add-ins > GO > Grammarly and then select OK
- Grammarly should now automatically work on Word every time you open it
If it still isn’t working, I recommend that you check out this article by Grammarly support.
Is Grammarly better than the built-in Word spell check?
So you may now be wondering whether you even need to add Grammarly to Word. Cutting to the point, my opinion is: yes, Grammarly is better than Word’s built-in spell-check.
My reasoning behind this is that Grammarly uses AI to find incorrect grammar which Word wouldn’t usually find, it’s more than just a spell-checking tool.
You can’t really go wrong with the free Grammarly app for Word, you may as well give it a try and see for yourself, right?
What can Grammarly do on Word?
You are able to use the full features of Grammarly on Word, here’s a quick rundown of the main features/
- Spell check
- Grammar check
- Detect the tone of your writing
Tips for using Grammarly
Tools are only great if you can make the most out of them, here are some tips which will help you use Grammarly to the max.
1. Set up your language correctly
Where are the majority of your readers located? During the Grammarly set up process, make sure you set up the right language for your readership. One of the most common mistakes made with Grammarly users is when people use British English rather than US English and vice-versa. This can make Grammarly incorrectly correct your work (oh the irony!)
2. Get the browser extension
You’d be amazed at how many errors you make without knowing online. The Grammarly Chrome extension helps you fix text on several websites like Facebook, Outlook and Gmail for example. It’s a must-have for anyone that frequently uses the internet in my opinion.
3. Add words to your dictionary
If you use some industry-specific terms, you may see that Grammarly flags them as incorrect – don’t just let it correct them for you, add them to your unique Grammarly dictionary so that in the future, they won’t be flagged as incorrect terms.