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Word 2013 : How to Configure Grammar and Style Settings

Microsoft Word 2013 comes with basic Grammar checking enabled. If you know where to look however, you can also turn on additional style and readability checks.

Get started by Clicking File, Options.

word 2013 configure grammar and style word 2013 options

Click Proofing and scroll down to the Grammar section.

word 2013 configure grammar and style settings

To enable the defaults for style checks, just click the down arrow under Writing Style: and choose Grammar & Style.

word 2013 configure grammar and style drop down

If you want to fine-tune the various Grammar and Style checks, just click the Settings box. Tons of options in there so feel free to play around.

word 2013 configure grammar settings menu

Enable Readability Grammar Check

The Word 2013 readability check is disabled by default which I personally find odd. To enable it, just check the box under the Proofing area.

word 2013 enable show readability statistics

To see it in action, while inside the document click the Review tab, Spelling and Grammar (or press F7).

word 2013 spelling and grammar button

With the Show readability statistics now enabled, all the document stats will display including Passive Sentences %, Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level.

word 2013 readability document stats

Now that you know where to look, customizing the Grammar and Style settings is one of the first things you should do after installing Word 2013. The features are solid and will no doubt help you create more professional documents.

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