How to Add Grammarly to Google Docs

Adding Grammarly to Google Docs is as simple as adding the extension to your browser. And then opening up the word processor. If you need a more detailed guide, don’t worry. You can just read on to learn how to add Grammarly to Google Docs with step-by-step instructions.

How to Add Grammarly to Google Docs in Google Chrome

Google Docs is an online word-processing software, meaning you need to access Docs using a web browser. Some commonly used web browsers are Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, both based on the Chromium browser project. The Chromium-based browsers support extensions, so the steps below should work for most browsers.

You’ll also find Grammarly works fine on non-Chromium-based browsers like Firefox. The steps for adding it to Google Docs on any of the browsers are very similar to those below, the only difference will be the app store associated with the browser.

Here is how to install Grammarly on Google Docs for Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome and head over to the Chrome Web Store. If you’re using Microsoft Edge, you can go to Microsoft Edge Add-ons.
  2. If you do not have Grammarly installed, search for Grammarly for Chrome or click the link to the page.
Add Grammarly to Chrome or Edge
  1. Here, click on the blue Add to Chrome button.
Click on add extension
  1. Your browser will prompt you to confirm if you wish to add the extension. To confirm your action, click on the Add Extension option. The browser will start the download. Once the download finishes, the extension will be installed, and the Grammarly sign-up page will open.
  2. You can either log in to an existing Grammarly account or create a new one.

Once you log in, you will be taken to the Grammarly editor, where you can create a document or add an existing one.

How to Enable Grammarly on Google Docs

After installing Grammarly and adding the extension, you can use Grammarly in your Google Docs. However, if you cannot see Grammarly in Google Docs, it must be disabled.

Here is how to turn on Grammarly in Google Docs:

  1. Open Google Docs on your browser and create a new document or open an existing one.
Click on the extensions menu
  1. Click on the Extension option in the toolbar towards the top right side of the screen. The icon looks like a puzzle piece on Chrome and Edge.
How to add Grammarly to Google Docs when its not working
  1. Select the Grammarly option from the drop-down menu. This will open the Grammarly extension options in a small drop-down menu.
Set options for Grammarly
  1. Click and enable the Check for writing suggestions on Google Docs toggle here. For many first-time users, this option may already be enabled by default.

The document will be reloaded, and Grammarly should be enabled. This is indicated by the green Grammarly logo towards the bottom right side of the screen.

How to Use Grammarly in Google Docs

After adding Grammarly to Google Docs, you can review the edits suggested in two ways: the underline or the sidebar.

Example errors picked up by Grammarly

The underline is an easier and faster option when editing text on the go. A colored underline will appear under the text containing errors. A blue underline indicates issues with clarity, while a red outline indicates a problem with the correctness of the text. You can accept or reject suggestions by hovering the cursor over the text underlined in red.

Sidebar errors

A sidebar is better suited for people editing the document at the end. Using the Grammarly extension in your browser also adds a sidebar that displays all the issues in the text in a list format. To do so, click the Grammarly symbol in the page’s bottom-right corner, which will open the sidebar to show the suggested corrections in the document.

You can now move through the list one suggestion at a time, rejecting or accepting adjustments. You can also reject any suggestion simply by clicking on the trashcan Dismiss symbol. In most suggestions, you can click Learn More to have more context and specifics about the rules of grammar underlying a suggestion. For spelling issues, you can use the Add to dictionary button to save the spelling, and Grammarly won’t detect it as an issue again. A benefit of using the sidebar is quickly checking how your document performs in the 4 categories Grammarly uses to evaluate your writing: correctness, engagement, clarity, and delivery. At the top, there is a gauge that represents each category in the sidebar.

Similar to checking for spelling in Google Docs, you can also check for spelling errors in Google Sheets by using the Google Sheets Spell Check feature.

How to Set Goals on Grammarly in Google Docs

While Grammarly is an excellent tool for checking spelling and punctuation, many individuals also use it to ensure that their presentation and tone are appropriate for the target audience. Grammarly can modify the suggestions based on how you define the goals of the text. Although the Grammarly app is better for this, the extension also allows you to set writing goals. Note that this is a feature that shines in the paid premium version of Grammarly.

Here is how to set goals in Grammarly for Google Docs:

Open up the Grammarly sidebar
  1. Click on the Grammarly counter that shows the number of recommended edits at the bottom-right side of the page. This will then open the Grammarly sidebar.
Change the delivery in Grammarly
  1. Click on the Adjust Goals button at the top of the sidebar. This button looks like an archery target with an arrow and is to the left of the cross symbol. This will open the Set goals window in the middle of the screen.
Set Grammarly goals
  1. Select the parameters for the open document inside the window. You can select Audience, Formality, Intent, and Domain parameters. You can select the academic, creative, and business domains if you have a premium subscription.
  2. After you are done making the changes, click on the Done option.

The number of suggested modifications may now change as the specific suggestions may vary depending on the document settings you select. Some business-related suggestions or word changes can be made using find and replace in Google Docs. You can learn more by checking out our linked guide.

Make the Upgrade

Standard Grammarly is great at detecting basic spelling and grammar errors. But the premium version offers so much more. The paid version of Grammarly provides over 400 checks on your writing, including plagiarism detection, sentence restructuring, and vocabulary suggestions. You can check out everything this powerful software has to offer by following this link to the Grammarly download page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Connect Grammarly to Google Docs?

You can install the Grammarly extension if you’re using a chromium-based browser that allows extensions. After installing it, you will be prompted to log into your Grammarly account. To enable Grammarly in Google Docs, open the Grammarly extension from the browser toolbar and enable the Check for writing suggestions on Google Docs toggle.

How Do You Fix Grammarly Not Working In Google Docs?

There are several ways to fix Grammarly not working in Google Docs. Firstly, ensure the Grammarly extension is enabled in the extensions menu, and you have a stable internet connection. If that doesn’t work, try checking Grammarly on a new account. If all else fails, delete the extension from your browser and reinstall it.

Wrapping Up How to Add Grammarly to Google Docs

Hopefully, you now know how to add Grammarly to Google Docs and troubleshoot any issues that you may run into. In most cases, you simply need to download the extension from your browser’s native app store. If you found this guide helpful, check out our related content below.


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