How to Use Grammarly for Google Docs

Get the Grammarly extension for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store, then open Google Docs and turn it on

What to Know

  • Install the Grammarly extension for Google Chrome from the Chrome Web Store.
  • Open a Google Doc file and select Turn It On to enable the extension.
  • If you're not already signed into Grammarly online, you'll be prompted to sign in or create an account.

This article explains how to add Grammarly to Google Docs. You can only use Grammarly for Google Docs in the Chrome browser.

How to Install and Use Grammarly for Google Docs

To use Grammarly for Google Docs, you must install the Chrome extension:

  1. Install the Grammarly extension for Google Chrome. You'll find it in the Chrome Store. Once you do, select Add to Chrome.

    The Add to Chrome option on the Grammarly extension for Chrome.
  2. You may be prompted to add the extension. Select Add extension and then give it a few minutes to load.

    Confirm you want to add an extension in the Chrome Web Store.
  3. When it's finished, the button will change to Remove extension. You can close out of the Chrome Web Store.

    The appearance of the installation button once a Chrome extension has been installed.

How to User Grammarly in Google Docs

Once you've installed the extension, then you can start using Grammarly for Google Docs.

Initially, the Grammarly extension for Chrome was only available to premium Grammarly subscribers. That's no longer the case. You do have to sign up with Grammarly to use the extension, but you can sign up for the free version of the app and still use Grammarly for Google Docs.

  1. The first time you open a Google Doc file after you've installed the Grammarly extension, a popup message appears in the lower right corner of the page which indicates Grammarly is in beta testing for Google Docs. Select Turn It On to enable the extension for use with Google Docs.

    The first time the Grammarly extension is used in Google Docs.

    If you're already signed into Grammarly online, the extension will connect and you can begin using it. If it's not, you'll be prompted to sign in or create an account the first time you use it. Follow the on-screen instructions, and choose the free account to get started. You can always upgrade it later if you think you'll use the premium features.

  2. The message box in the lower right corner changes to let you know Grammarly is now active. You have the option to TAKE A QUICK TOUR or you can skip it if you select NO THANKS.

    You'll also notice the dialog box this option appears in points to a number in a red circle. This is the indicator of how many grammar errors Grammarly thinks you have.

    The error indicator in Grammarly for Google Docs.
  3. Each of the errors Grammarly catches (and which are indicated by the number in the red circle) is underlined in red in the text of your document.

    A grammar error called out by Grammarly.
  4. If you select the word that's underlined in red, the Grammarly-suggested changes will appear in a pop-up box. You can either select the suggestion to accept it, or select Ignore to ignore the suggestion and leave the text as it is.

    The Grammarly suggested correction for a flagged error in Google Docs.
  5. With each suggestion you correct, the number of errors in the red circle in the bottom right corner of the page will decrease. When all errors have been corrected or ignore (or if you load a document that has no errors), the icon will turn into the green, Grammarly icon.

    The Grammarly icon when there are no grammatical errors in a Google Document.
  6. There are also some controls hidden in Grammarly's icon, even when it's a red circle with a number in it instead of a green circle. If you hover your cursor over the icon, you'll see two additional icons appear. They are:

    • Leave feedback so you can leave feedback (this is a beta, after all) for the Grammarly team.
    • Disable on this website: Allows you to temporarily turn off Grammarly on any website where it's active.

Using the Grammarly Sidebar

When you're working on long documents that have many types of Grammarly flags, the easiest way to work through them is to use the Grammarly sidebar.

To view the sidebar, select the Grammarly icon in the bottom right corner of the document (either green if there are no errors or red if there are errors). The sidebar will open on the right side of the page. Here you can scroll through the items Grammarly has flagged, or select each of the sidebars to view a specific type of error, including Correctness, Clarity, Engagement, or Delivery.

A screenshot showing the Grammarly sidebar.

Setting Goals With Grammarly for Your Content

One additional feature that's nice to have in Grammarly for Google Docs is the ability to set goals for the content that you create. To access this feature, open the Grammarly sidebar and then select the target icon. This opens a Set goals dialog box where you can adjust options for Audience, Formality, Domain, and Tone.

The Set goals option on Grammarly for Google Docs.

Why Use Grammarly for Your Google Docs Grammar Check

Grammarly is one of the best-known tools for checking grammar and more. If you write in Google Docs often, it's a tool to help you improve your writing and make creating professional documents even easier. Grammarly scans your document as you write to help you find and correct grammar mistakes in the words you put on the page.

If you are writing for a specific purpose, such as work, or maybe creating a series of books that use a specific style, you can even set Grammarly up to work with custom styles. For example, if your company style is to avoid the Oxford comma (a comma after all items in a list except the last one), you can create a custom-style item to help you stay on track. However, you'll need to have the Business version of Grammarly to use this feature.

There are three levels of subscription for Grammarly. The Free plan offers a single user basic writing corrections for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The Premium plan offers more advanced feedback for a single user, and the Business plan offers advanced feedback for three or more users.

You can add specific words to your personal dictionary, even with a free account. To do so, you need to log into your account on the Grammarly website and choose Customize. There you'll see an option to add a word to your Personal Dictionary or you can adjust your Language Preference.

The customization options in a Grammarly account online.
  • Why is Grammarly not working in Google Docs?

    Make sure you have internet access and that Grammarly is enabled for Google Docs. If you have other add-ons for Chrome, try turning them off since some could be incompatible with Grammarly.

  • How do I add Grammarly to Word?

    To add Grammarly to Word in Windows, go to the Grammarly website to download the add-on, then open the file and follow the instructions. On Mac, go to Insert > Get Add-Ins and search for Grammarly. Select Get It Now > Continue > Open in Word.

  • How do I add Grammarly to Outlook?

    On Windows, go to the Grammarly website to download the Microsoft Office add-on and install it. On Mac, select the three-dot menu > Get Add-ins and search for Grammarly.

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