It is easy to make a mistake when writing an email, especially if you are in a hurry. Sometimes we are not sure of the correct spelling of a word, other times we know the spelling, but our fingers accidentally hit the wrong keys and a typing slip results in an incorrect word. Grammarly is a Chrome extension that fixes spelling and grammar errors in the browser.
Grammarly is in the Chrome Web Store and one click installs it in the browser and adds a green button at the right side of the address box. Clicking the button enables you to create a free account at the Grammarly website and then sign in
Having an account enables extra features like a custom dictionary, the ability to upload text files from disk and check them for spelling and grammar and so on.
Once this has been done, you can use the web in the usual way. Go to Google Mail for example, and create a new email message. As you type it in, Grammarly will automatically check everything you enter and it underlines any errors with a thick green line for grammar errors or a wiggly red line for spelling errors.
Let the mouse hover over a problem and a box pops up next to it explaining what is wrong. The contents of the box varies and the screen shot above is a typical one, but they can be different. You just click CORRECT WITH GRAMMARLY or IGNORE (like all spell checkers, it doesn’t know every word and technical jargon might be flagged even if correct).
Down at the bottom right of the email is a red number and this indicated the number of problems that have been detected. Click it and there are two options:
Here there is a critical issue and a red CORRECT button. Clicking it opens a window highlighting the error with an option to fix it on the right. This is an alternative way to correct spelling and grammar errors. The method you use is up to you.
The Grammarly Chrome extension is free, but it only performs basic checks on the text. It catches all the obvious problems, but if you subscribe then even more checks are performed on the text. It claims to perform over 250 new premium checks among other things.
This sounds good, but the subscription is expensive at $29.95 a month or $139.95 a year, and that includes a special promotional discount of 20%. It normally costs even more.
The subscription service sounds good, but I think I’ll stick with the free extension. It works well and does a good the job of catching typing slips, spelling errors and grammar mistakes in Chrome.