As well as checking your spelling, Microsoft Word has a grammar and style tool. And while this is no replacement for proofreading, it can offer helpful advice while you\u2019re writing. But to make proper use of the grammar and style tips in Word, you need to know how they work first.\nGrammar and Style Tips in Microsoft Word\nIf you\u2019ve used Microsoft Word before, you may have seen squiggly lines under words or phrases. This is how Word highlights errors. For example:\n\n\n\nHere, for instance, we have two \u201cerrors\u201d highlighted. The red line indicates a spelling mistake. The blue line, however, indicates a stylistic issue. If we then right click and select Grammar from the menu, Word suggests using the active voice instead. This is helpful because, while the passive voice is not technically incorrect, the active voice would be more concise.\n\n\n\nBut you should take care when following Microsoft Word\u2019s stylistic advice, as it does get things wrong. And if you are going to use this feature, we therefore suggest customizing the advice it provides.\nCustomizing Proofing Options\nTo customize the grammar and style checker in Word for Windows:\n\n \tGo to File > Options > Proofing\n \tScroll down to the When correcting grammar and spelling in Word section\n \tClick Settings to open the list of grammar and style options\n\n[caption id="attachment_14037" align="aligncenter" width="399"] Accessing the proofing options.[\/caption]\n\nHere, you will find options related to the following:\n\n \tGrammar and punctuation (e.g., subject\u2013verb agreement, comma splices)\n \tClarity and concision (e.g., use of passive voice, wordiness)\n \tFormal language (e.g., use of slang or contractions)\n \tOther stylistic issues (e.g., gendered or clich\u00e9d language)\n\n[caption id="attachment_14039" align="aligncenter" width="402"] Grammar and style settings.[\/caption]\n\nOnce you have selected (or deselected) the options required, click OK to apply them. You can then click Recheck Document to look for grammar and style issues that may have been missed while you were writing.\n\nIn Word for Mac, meanwhile, the proofing options are accessed via Preferences > Spelling & Grammar. Make sure to check these if you want more control over the grammar and style tips.