Acrolinx for Office on Windows - Excel

Before you check your Microsoft Excel Sheets with Acrolinx, make sure you read the specific information on Acrolinx for Excel on Windows.

Which File Types Can I Check?

Acrolinx checks the data in the entire sheet if you don't use Check Selection. This includes single or merged cells, comments, and tables.

Supported file types:

TypeExtension
Microsoft Excel*.xlsm, *.xlsx, *.xls, *.csv


Find Acrolinx in Office - Excel

To show the Sidebar, click the Acrolinx icon in the Review ribbon in the Menu.


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 a Selection of Your Content


With Check Selection in Excel, you can select parts of your document for Acrolinx to check.


To check a selection in Excel, follow these steps:

  1. Switch to CHECK SELECTION - you can find it in the drop-down menu next to the CHECK button.
     
  2. Select the cells that you want to check. This might be a column or row, or even a single cell.
  3. Click CHECK SELECTION.
  4. Voila! The Sidebar will only show you cards for the content you've selected.