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Getting Started with ProWritingAid's MS Word Add-in

The ProWritingAid Team
ProWritingAid: A grammar guru, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.
Published Apr 01, 2018
  1. UPDATE: We have now launched a much-improved version of the add-in.
  2. Click here to find out about our brand new Ms Word add-in!
  3. UPDATE: We have now launched a much-improved version of the add-in.
  4. Click here to find out about our brand new Ms Word add-in!

UPDATE: We have now launched a much-improved version of the add-in.

Click here to find out about our brand new Ms Word add-in!

If you haven’t used a Word add-in before, it’s very simple. You just need to download a small bit of software, which will then be automatically added to your menu in Word.

Click here and then click the “Download Pro Writing Aid Add-in” button. A small file called ProWritingAidSetup.exe will begin to download. When it’s finished downloading, click it and a window will open asking you to agree to the license terms and conditions. Once you click the “agree” box, you will be able to begin installing.

You may be asked once again to agree to let our app make changes to your computer. Please click yes.

When you open Word the next time, there should be a new set of buttons in the top right corner that look like this (see circled in red):

How to use the Word Add-in

This may vary slightly depending on the version of Word that you are using. If you cannot see it, click on the “add-ins” menu at the top of your screen and you should be able to see it there.

The buttons on the menu will be as follows:

How to use the Word Add-in

When you click on the magic wand, you will be presented with a list of potential reports to run. If you hover your cursor over each report title, you will see a short description of each.

How to use the Word Add-in

Clicking “full analysis” will run all of the reports at the same time, which is useful but may take a long time depending on the size of your document. You may be better to run individual reports one at a time.

Alternatively, you can run an overview report which gives you some of the key metrics for the document. This will help you home in on the areas where your document might need work.

How to use the Word Add-in

I selected the “Writing Style Report” below.

How to use the Word Add-in

On the left is a map of your document’s structure. It allows you to assess your sentence length variety and see where your issues occur. On the right side is a report summary. It details how many issues of each type were found. When you are ready to begin editing, use the left and right arrows at the top to navigate your document and find each issue. You can then make changes or choose to ignore the suggestion if you think it’s not quite right.

Each report is different and each user has their favorite. Play around with each of them until you find the ones that work best for you.

TOP TIP: Create your own personalized Combo Check, which will allow you to run your favorite reports at the same time. To set it up, go to the settings menu and click Combo Report. Here you will find a full list of reports with tick boxes next to them. Choose your go-to reports, for example, Sticky Sentence Report, Writing Style Report and Vague & Abstract Words Report. This will speed up your analysis and help you to stay focused.

UPDATE: We have now launched a much-improved version of the add-in.

Click here to find out about our brand new Ms Word add-in!

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You missed the part where it asks for a licence number! I've bought this and can't use it!
By pjlightning on 21 February 2018, 07:46 AM
Hi Philippa, When you purchased a premium licence, you should have received an email with your licence code. If not, drop an email to hello @ and they can re-send it.
By writersneed2 on 21 February 2018, 10:22 AM
Where do I add the licence code? What "settings" am I looking for?
By knifty on 06 March 2018, 04:27 PM
Once you have the ProWritingAid toolbar in place, click on the cog. It will ask you for your licence code. Let us know if you still have a problem.
By writersneed2 on 06 March 2018, 05:41 PM
Hi, it does not work Mac word. I wonder if you have separate one for Mac word
By on 21 February 2018, 08:01 PM
The Mac add-in platform doesn't work for our app, unfortunately. To get around this, we created a Mac version of our desktop app, which allows users to open, edit and save MS Word files (.docx). You can try it out here:
By writersneed2 on 21 February 2018, 08:03 PM
Please don't laugh at me. I know I am a Luddite! LOL Does the Add-In wokr with Word 2003? Hey! I said don't laugh.
By damaniwvk on 15 March 2018, 03:05 PM
We're not laughing! All questions are good questions. To be honest though, we're not totally sure. We don't have a copy of 2003 in the office to test!
By writersneed2 on 16 March 2018, 11:49 AM
Can I load my full (78K word) document and then "highlight" a few chapters and have ProWritingAid work quicker? Or do I have to cut up my book into pieces to effectively edit it with your app? I assume I can made edits and save the document as I go, correct? (I'm getting some weird errors like, "cannot save as document is in use" or something). Sorry to be a nuisance.
By bevjackson on 21 March 2018, 12:06 PM
Yes, you can open the full document and then highlight the section that you are currently editing. That will speed things up a lot. And yes, you can make the edits and save as you go. Just make sure that the document isn't open in another program when you try to edit it.
By writersneed2 on 21 March 2018, 02:00 PM
I've just downloaded this and got a message when I clicked on it saying I could not open the application "ProWritingAidSetup.exe" because Microsoft Windows applications are not supported on macOS. Any solutions?
By authorzoesharp on 24 November 2018, 09:24 PM
Hi there, our MS Word add-in is unavailable for Mac users. That's why you're getting that message. Please try our desktop app, which you can download here: Hope that helps!
By kylemassa on 26 November 2018, 01:07 PM
I purchased life licence for prowritingaid. for word. But I am not comfortable with its ribbon display. Can I reset it to your former theme- buttons with a magical wand?
By vasant on 30 January 2019, 11:22 PM
Got an error message that customized functionality in this application will not work because the certificate used to sign the deployment manifest for PWDWordAddin or its location is not trusted. Anyway to resolve this issue? Thanks!
By GTSFrost on 25 February 2019, 07:41 AM
Hi there, we can send a fix! Please email us at so we can email it to you. Thank you!
By kylemassa on 25 February 2019, 07:52 PM
This is a wonderful app. hopefully it will make my writing experience fun.
By ayusf0 on 04 April 2019, 10:57 AM
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Hi there, please download and run our repair tool here:
By kylemassa on 30 May 2019, 02:56 PM
I just purchased the Premium package and have downloaded the desktop app to my MacBook Air, but when I try to move it across to Applications, nothing happens. Please advise.
By Runawayflynn on 19 July 2019, 10:00 AM
I never saw a place to put the license number. Also, loaded word (I use office 365) app. When I opened word, nada. Help? PS I don't see an 'add-on' item to click on (as suggested in the blog). Would really like to get into the program. Please help.
By deborahouellettephotography on 30 July 2019, 04:43 PM
Hi Debora. Please follow this link to send us a message and we will be happy to help.
By writersneed2 on 31 July 2019, 11:11 AM

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