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It's Finally Here! The ProWritingAid Word Add-In For Mac

Libby Bushill
Editorial Assistant at ProWritingAid
Published Aug 21, 2020

ProWritingAid Word Add-In for Mac

Mac users, it's finally here. The ProWritingAid Word Add-In is coming to Mac.

If you're used to working with your Word for Mac documents in the Desktop App, now there's another way (though the Desktop App will always be there for you!). With your Premium license, you'll soon be able to download a ProWritingAid Add-In that sits in the Home tab of Word for Mac.

We're excited to offer you the opportunity to test the new Word Add-In for Mac. If you'd like to test this new software, follow the directions below for early access. In exchange, all we ask is that you share feedback with us at with the subject line 'Word-Add In Beta Testing'.

Read on to find out how to try the new Add-In.

  1. Try the ProWritingAid Mac Word Add-In
  2. Not working for you?
  3. How to Use ProWritingAid's Word Add-in for Mac
  4. Launching the Full Editor
  5. Final Thoughts
  6. Start editing like a pro with your free ProWritingAid account

Try the ProWritingAid Mac Word Add-In

Please be aware that this product is in testing. The installation process will become easier once we have finished developing the product. If you experience any issues while using the app, please contact us at with the subject line 'Word Add-In Beta Testing'.

Installation Instructions

1. Open the Terminal App on your Mac using Spotlight:

To open Spotlight, click on the magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen:

open spotlight on mac

Then search for Terminal.

use spotlight to open terminal

Open the Terminal App:

opening terminal on mac

2. Paste in following command, then press the enter key on your keyboard to run it.

curl | sh

pasting command

3. Restart Word for Mac.

4. In Word, go to the 'Insert' tab, and click on the dropdown button beside 'My Add-ins'.


word for mac add-ins

5. Click "ProWritingAid Office Add-In" under "Developer Add-ins"

word for mac prowritingaid add in

6. Go back to the "Home" tab, and click the ProWritingAid icon on the right-most side of the toolbar to open the add-in.

prowritingaid word for mac in toolbar

Now you're ready to go!

Not working for you?

You can uninstall the app as follows:

1. Open Terminal App

2. Paste in the following command, and press the enter key on your keyboard to run it:

curl | sh

3. Restart Word for Mac

We'd be very grateful if you could drop us a line to tell us why you didn't like the add-in. Contact us at with the subject line 'Word-Add In Beta Testing'.

Happy editing!

How to Use ProWritingAid's Word Add-in for Mac

To get editing, open a Word document and click on the ProWritingAid icon. Here, you will see a quick overview of your Grammar and Writing Style improvements in a sidebar.

Word for Mac Grammar and Style

You can click through these in the sidebar to correct them in your document. Clicking on the arrows to the right of the suggestion box will allow you to move on to the next suggestion in your document, like this:

Sidebar Improvements

This allows you to make quick improvements to your documents, fixing mistakes that Word's grammar checker doesn't catch.

A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.
Try it for free!

Launching the Full Editor

Once you've corrected your Grammar and Style mistakes, you can open the full editor to dive deeper into your edit. Click 'Open Full Editor' at the bottom of the sidebar to launch the full pop-up editor.

open full editor

This will bring up a new window with a full toolbar of all 20 ProWritingAid reports. This works in much the same way as the Desktop App. You can run each report on your writing and accept or reject suggestions. You can also produce a Summary report to learn more about your writing.

floating editor

You can extend the pop-up editor to fit your whole screen to make editing easier. If you can't see all of the reports in the toolbar right away, click on the three dots to the right of the editor to see a dropdown with the rest of the reports.


Once you've made your edits, click on 'Apply Changes' at the bottom of the editor. This will apply all of the edits you've made in the pop-up editor to your Word document. These changes will be reflected in the score you see in the top right-hand corner of the side bar.

With the Word Add-in for Mac, you can streamline the editing and writing processes by having all of your tools in one place.

Final Thoughts

One of our main aims at ProWritingAid is to allow you to edit wherever you write. Our users have been asking for this add-in for a long time - and we're so excited to finally release it. If you'd like to be one of the first to test it out, follow the instructions at the beginning of this article to download the add-in.

Start editing like a pro with your free ProWritingAid account

When a reader sees a grammar error, they start to lose faith in the writer who made it.

ProWritingAid is one of the best grammar checkers out there - but it's far more than that! The Editing Tool also looks at elements of structure and style that have an impact on how strong and readable your writing is.

More, it helps you learn as you edit, making you a better writer every time you use the program.

The best way to find out how much ProWritingAid can do is to try it yourself!

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Libby Bushill
Editorial Assistant at ProWritingAid

Libby is a recent English Lit grad who loves learning as much as she can about how writing works, so is excited to be part of the ProWritingAid team as an Editorial Assistant. She can usually be found editing blog posts for the ProWritingAid blog or working on her own writing.

This is exciting! Thank you, ProWritingAid Team.
By MelissaNiemann on 15 September 2020, 06:42 PM
Yay! We think so too! You're very welcome. :)
By writersneed2 on 15 September 2020, 07:03 PM

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