Acrolinx for Google Docs

What You Can Check

If you're working with a shared document, you need to have the access type Can edit. Acrolinx doesn't work when you have one of the access types Can comment or Can view. 

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.


Check Your Content

  1. To check your content, click the CHECK button at the top of the Results tab. Unless your content is flawless, you'll probably see issues show up in the Results tab. Content issues are represented as colored "cards" that you can interact with. We cover how to work with issues more in-depth in the article The Sidebar Card Guide.


  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.


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

Check a Selection 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 of Voice
  • Findability
  • Discovered Terms
  • Metrics
  • Reuse (legacy feature)


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.