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Convert to Curly or Straight Quotes with ProWritingAid!

Kyle A. Massa
Speculative Fiction Author
Published Nov 28, 2018


Did you know there are two types of quotation marks?

The first (and probably most familiar) are curly quotes. These are the ones you’ll see in most books and online articles. As the name suggests, they curl around letters. They look something like this:


Straight quotes are the other type. Stylistically speaking, these are a bit simpler. They’re more vertical and take up less space than their curly cousins. Here’s what they look like:


For us writers, the difference between curly and straight means more than some might think. Many publications prefer one style to the other. Also, some readers might prefer curly to straight, or straight to curly. If you’ve ever had to sift through a manuscript to switch from one style of quote to the other, you know how frustrating it can be.

Fortunately, there’s an easier way. Log into the ProWritingAid web app and open the menu. Here’s what you’ll see…


Simply click “Convert to Curly Quotes” to change every quotation mark into the curly form.


Or click “Convert to Straight Quotes” to change every quotation mark into a straight quote.


Customers have been asking for this feature for a long time, so we’re happy to deliver it. Enjoy!

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Kyle A. Massa
Speculative Fiction Author

Kyle A. Massa is the author of the short fiction collection Monsters at Dusk and the novel Gerald Barkley Rocks. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and their two cats. Learn more about Kyle and his work at his website,

It would be fabulous if only the default wasn't "Use Curly Quotes." I'm forever having to convert to straight. I require straight quotes.
By crowdogs on 29 November 2018, 04:47 PM
How does this work with Scrivener files? A frequent issue I have is that, in editing a Scrivener file through ProWritingAid, I replace a curly with a straight, or insert a passage that requires quotes. Should I then convert them to curly quotes, or let Scrivener handle it once the file is saved?
By jimlka on 29 November 2018, 07:08 PM
I have the same problem. Even when I say use curly quotes, PWA does the opposite. This is very very very annoying. I chose PWA over the other software i.e Grammarly because it seemed easier to use with Scrivener. Yet I find, it adds extra work for me. I hope PWA comes up with a software fix very soon!
By positivekim001 on 01 May 2019, 03:03 AM
Will this be promugated to the desktop PWA application, Kyle? I am wondering if this includes the single quote mark used for contractions and such. Will the be converable as well? Wouldn't help if I convert dialogue quotes to "curly" yet leave all my apostrophes in straight mode. Bill
By b.douglas.slack on 30 November 2018, 01:46 AM
My ProWriting Aid is an add in to Word. Therefore I cannot follow your instructions to remove inconsistencies in quotes. It would be great to be able to do so in the add -in at the "Consistency" option. Let's do it!
By johnnyvic7 on 28 December 2018, 10:54 PM
Hey there, the desktop and online apps are available for Mac. Feel free to try them out:
By kylemassa on 31 December 2018, 08:26 PM
While working in word with ProWritingAid add-in on, it shown no menu, thus there is no possibility to work with the curly or straight quotes directly in your word file. Again, it prompts when curly and straight quotes are mixed in a paragraph but provides no automated solution to it. The complication further increases if one's research work has references in word file as they can be converted into static words if you bring that word file to web editor. this is perhaps, the major problem with prowriting.
By abdeepak on 01 July 2020, 07:24 PM
Thank you for the feedback! We take all of our customer's observations into consideration.
By writersneed2 on 02 July 2020, 01:33 PM

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