Acrolinx for Google Docs

Before you check with Acrolinx, make sure you read the specific information on Acrolinx for Google Docs.

What You Can Check

If you're working with a shared document, make sure that you have Editor access. Acrolinx won't work if you have Commenter or Viewer access.

Acrolinx doesn't work consistently in the Suggesting mode in Google Docs, because Acrolinx can’t distinguish between content from a previous revision and content from change suggestions. To check your content switch to the Editing mode.


What Kind of Guidance Do You Have?

The Sidebar will look a little different depending on if you have Targets enabled or if you're using a Guidance Profile to check your content.

Not sure if you have Targets enabled? Don't worry, there are two ways to find out.

  • In the Options tab of the Sidebar, you can see if a Target or a Guidance Profile is selected.

or 

  • Open the Scorecard and search for Checking Information. If it's not there, you're checking with Targets.

With that in mind, read this article on how to check your content.

Check Your Content with Targets

  1. To check your content, click the CHECK button in the first tab at the top of the Sidebar. Unless your content is flawless, you'll probably see issues show up. The Sidebar shows content issues with interactive colored cards. We provide a more in-depth explanation of how to work with issue cards in the article The Sidebar Card Guide.

    You can decide which cards get displayed. You might also want to filter the goals so that you can focus on a certain goal such as Correctness.

    For example, filter out Tone to stay focused on the other goals.

  2. Acrolinx gives you a Scorecard that scores your content based on the goals that you're checking for. You also get an overall Acrolinx Score. To view your Scorecard, click on your Acrolinx Score at the top right of the Sidebar or click Scorecard in the slide-out menu.

Check Your Content with Guidance Profiles

  1. To check your content, click the CHECK button in the first tab the top of the Sidebar. Unless your content is flawless, you'll probably see issues show up. The Sidebar shows content issues with interactive colored cards. We provide a more in-depth explanation of how to work with issues in the article The Sidebar Card Guide.

    You can filter the list of issue types so you can focus on a certain issue type such as spelling.

  2. Acrolinx gives you a Scorecard that scores your content based on the types of issues that you're checking for. You also get an overall Acrolinx Score. To see your Scorecard, click on your Acrolinx Score at the top right of the Sidebar or click Scorecard in the slide-out menu.



Check Only a Part of Your Content

You can also check a selection of your content. You'll only see the issues for your selection.

Check Selection offers a smaller set of guidance and doesn't include:

  • Acrolinx Score
  • Tone and voice guidelines
  • Findability
  • Discovered Terms
  • Metrics and Analysis cards
  • Reuse


To check a selection, follow these steps:

  1. Select the content you'd like to check.

    The results you see for a selection might differ between Integrations. For example, if you select a single word or phrase in some Integrations, Acrolinx might expand your selection and check the entire sentence.

  2. Click CHECK SELECTION in your Sidebar. You can find it in the drop-down menu next to the CHECK button.
  3. Voila! The Sidebar will only show you cards for the content you've selected.

To check a paragraph, you don't need to select the whole paragraph, you can highlight a few words in that paragraph. If you want to check a table inside the cell of another table, make sure that you select the inner table only and not the entire cell.