Get Started With Targets

You create a Target to tell Acrolinx what type of guidance you want for a particular type of content. A Target determines the type of guidance that writers receive from the Sidebar. You can define your content goals depending on your audience or content type.

Let’s say you manage blog posts and technical documentation. Those 2 types of content would need different types of guidance. You would create a Target for blog posts (maybe with a focus on tone) and a separate Target for technical documentation (maybe with a focus on consistency).

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Manage Targets

Learn how to manage Targets in:

A Target is made up of goals. A goal is an aspect of language that you want Acrolinx to focus on. For example, Tone is a goal, and so is Consistency. Learn more about goals in Get Started With Goals

Ring a Bell? This Isn’t New.

If you’ve been managing Acrolinx guidance with Checking and Guidance Profiles, then the concepts behind Targets will be familiar to you.


Acrolinx used to differentiate between content types with Checking Profiles (called Guidance Profiles in the Sidebar). A Checking Profile brought together all the settings that you might need to check a certain type of content.

Now, you set Targets for different content types. The idea is the same, but all the options are in one place, making it easier to manage. Each goal within a target also comes with presets. That way, you can set good guidance quickly.