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How To Download and Use Grammarly in Google Docs

Learn how to use Grammarly with Google Documents.  You can even utilize a fast and easy plugin to help you get started.

Learn today how to Use Grammarly For GDocs

If you write, then I’m sure you have heard of Grammarly.  Since 2009, it has continued to be a great text editing tool.  Grammarly checks over 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.  It also enhances your vocabulary as you type.  In today’s article, we are going to show you how to install Grammarly, and use it for Google Docs.

As a writer, we all make mistakes; it is just part of writing content.  Nowadays though, there are extensions within your browser that can help correct your mistakes as you write.  Grammarly is a great option for this.  If you use Google Docs, the Grammarly plugin is a quick way to improve your writing.

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Introduction to Grammarly

Grammarly itself is a simple but effective proofreading and text editing tool.  It can find grammatical errors within your text and even give you suggestions on how to fix them.  It also is extremely helpful in proofreading everything from blog content, to critical business emails.


How Do I Get Grammarly on Google Docs?

First, Grammarly can be used online via your browser, simply by copying and pasting the article within the Grammarly website.  However, if you’d like to incorporate Grammarly into your browser, you can utilize the extension. 

For this example, we are going to discuss setting up Grammarly within Google Chrome.  Grammarly offers various versions, one suitable for each browser.  To get started, just select the appropriate implementation for the browser you are using.


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Setup with Your Chrome Browser

  1. Visit your Chrome Web Store and search for the Grammarly extension.
  2. Once you find the extension, select Add to Chrome.
  3. If you do get a prompt, select Add Extension.

After completing these steps, the Grammarly extension should be installed onto your browser.  If you look in the upper right hand corner, a Grammarly icon (green colored) should show.  If by chance it does not, you can always select the puzzle piece icon, search for Grammarly, and click the pin to select it for your taskbar. 

Tips To Use Grammarly with Google Docs

At this point you should be ready to start writing.  Once you sign in to your personal Google documents, and select a certain document of your choice, you should see the Grammarly icon in the bottom right of your screen.  If not, then you may need to retrace your steps to properly setup the extension.

The Grammarly icon is very important.  As you write, you will see the icon turn different colors.  The colors represent different notifications, such as:

  • A green icon means no errors have been found.  
  • A yellow icon with a number means some minor mistakes have been found.  The number itself will tell you how many mistakes the extension found.
  • A red icon means there are major issues or mistakes in your content.  You will again see a number of declared mistakes found by the extension.

As you continue, the extension itself will highlight errors or concerns that it has.  Simply click on the underlined error to view Grammarly’s suggestion.  Then you can decide to make an edit based on the suggestion, or dismiss it.  

This gives your document an overall score based on numerous issues and errors.  Examples of correct grammar are included, and even specific wording alternatives are suggested in most cases.  But again, you as the writer can agree or dismiss the suggestions.

One of the many useful features is the synonym feature, which helps writers stay away from repetition. 

Pros and Cons of Grammarly

I have been using Grammarly for many years, and for me, it’s been a great resource. However, depending on the type of content you’re writing or the specific standards you have, Grammarly can present some challenges.  Often what we write is intended to be more conversational or casual, which may present some general discrepancies in Grammarly regarding formality.  Use your best judgment when deciding how to utilize Grammarly, or if it’s even a fit for your writing style and standards.

Another con is that full functionality is only provided in the paid version.

The pros of Grammarly include high accuracy, intuitive use, quick corrections, and compatibility with multiple devices/browsers. 


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How Much Do I Need To Spend For Grammarly (Paid Version)?

Adding it to your Chrome browser is always free, and you can even simply copy and paste your text into the box on the Grammarly site for no charge.  

To upgrade, prices range from $30 a month to $12 a month (annual option). *Note – pricing is accurate as of August 2022


Grammarly is a great resource for many writers, especially when formal writing is crucial.  The basic (free) package gives you access to most the features you need, and the setup is a breeze.  However, keep in mind your writing style, as that may change how you interact with Grammarly and its usefulness.  Remember, there are many options when selecting an editing tool that is best for you.




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