We are thrilled to introduce our shiny new Google Docs add-on! Now you will have access to the full ProWritingAid editor right within Google Docs.

It’s easy to get the add-on set up on your computer. You just need to make sure that your ProWritingAid license is associated with a Google email address (google.com, gmail, etc.)

Contents:
  1. Install the add-on
  2. Run a Summary Report
  3. Get to work editing
  4. Real-time grammar checker
  5. The ProWritingAid reports
  6. Check your email address

Install the add-on

Click here to set up the new ProWritingAid Google Docs add-on.

The Google Store looks like this:

ProWritingAid on Google Docs

Click “Free” and then it will ask you to sign in.

Then, go back to Google Docs again and open a document. When you click the “add-ons” tab in the top menu, you should see ProWritingAid there as an option.

Run a Summary Report

ProWritingAid Summary Report on GoogleDocs

The ProWritingAid Summary Report gives you a wealth of information about your document, including:

  • grammar, spelling, and style scores
  • document stats including word and character count
  • the key actions you should take that will most improve your document
  • readability measures
  • an overview of each of the 20 ProWritingAid reports so you know where to focus

Get to work editing

Next, click “Add-ins” again and then click “Improve your document”. This will open up the full ProWritingAid editing tool.

ProWritingAid on GoogleDocs

You can run the Summary Report again here, if you haven't already done so. Then, work your way through the different reports.

Click on the top right corner of the pop-up for extended explanations to help you learn as you write:

ProWritingAid in GoogleDocs

Real-time grammar checker

If you like to edit as you write, turn on the real-time checking. It will highlight errors and make suggestions as you go along.

If you prefer to stay focused in creation mode and don’t want the distraction of suggestions, then you can turn it off while you write.

The ProWritingAid reports

Different reports will appeal to different writers. Take the time to test them all out and see which ones will work best for you.

Read about each of the ProWritingAid Reports.

Check your email address

Make sure that the email address on your ProWritingAid account is the same email address that you are using in Google Docs. If not, you will need to change the email address associated with your ProWritingAid account.

You can change the email address associated with your account at any time on prowritingaid.com:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Click on your username in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
  • Follow the "Edit my user details" link.
  • Change your email address and hit "Save".
  • Check your email for a link to confirm your new email address.
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Lisa Lepki is ProWritingAid's Head of Marketing and the Editor of the ProWritingAid blog. A word nerd, she loves the technical elements of writing almost as much as the writing itself. She is the co-author of The Novel-Writing Training Plan, Creating Legends: How to craft characters readers adore... or despise!, How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring and 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers.