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While there’s no replacement for a real live editor with a sharp eye, proofreading software can be a great first line of defense against common grammar and spelling errors.

Whether you’re writing blog posts, news articles, novels, or just professional-sounding emails, proofreading software can take your writing up a notch.

The Best Proofreading Tools and Software

Here’s our list of the best proofreading software programs to help you improve your writing.

1. Grammarly

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Features:

  • Detects errors in grammar, punctuation, contextual spelling, sentence structure, and writing style
  • Browser extension
  • Mobile app
  • Robust free version
  • Premium version $29.95/month

Pros:

  • Real-time corrections
  • High rate of accuracy
  • Browser extension and app
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work with Google Drive (currently in beta testing)
  • Doesn’t offer big-picture feedback
  • Must pay for premium

Check Out Grammarly

2. PerfectIt

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Features:

  • Advanced checks that go beyond spelling: consistency and usage of abbreviations, capitalization, hyphens, bullets and lists, and more
  • Microsoft Word add-on
  • Costs $70/year

Pros:

  • Tailor checks to your house style guide
  • Thorough and intelligent proofreading

Cons

  • No free version

Check Out PerfectIt

3. Ginger

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Features:

  • Grammar checker and sentence rephraser
  • Text reader allows you to hear your words out loud
  • Translate text into multiple languages
  • Mobile app
  • Free version
  • Premium version $11.98/month

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Checks context-specific grammar
  • Can be used both on desktop and mobile

Cons:

  • Less robust than Grammarly
  • Doesn’t work with Google Drive
  • Must pay for premium

Check Out Ginger

4. WhiteSmoke

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Features:

  • Checks for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style
  • Browser extension, mobile app, and desktop client
  • Starting at $4.16/month

Pros:

  • Compatible with various browsers and smartphones
  • Checks for style
  • Built-in plagiarism checker

Cons:

  • Some inaccurate suggestions
  • No free version

Check Out WhiteSmoke

5. Hemingway

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Features:

  • Identifies problem areas using color-coded highlights
  • Checks for passive voice, sentence-weakening adverbs, run-on sentences, and over-complicated words and terms
  • Desktop app and mobile app

Pros:

  • Easily identifiable color-coded errors
  • Advanced style checker
  • Big-picture feedback
  • Free

Cons:

  • Does not catch spelling errors
  • No browser extension

Check Out Hemingway

6. ProWritingAid

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Features:

  • Catches complex errors such as passive voice, incomplete sentences, repetitiveness, wordiness, and jargon
  • In-depth reports and suggestion explanations in 20 common areas
  • Browser extension, mobile app, desktop client
  • Plagiarism checker
  • Free version
  • Premium version $60/year

Pros:

  • Compatible with Google Chrome, Google Docs, and Microsoft Word
  • Works with Mac and Windows

Cons:

  • No mobile app
  • Premium version is not free
  • Harder to use than other tools

Check Out ProWritingAid

7. LanguageTool

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Features:

  • Open source tool for online proofreading
  • Catches grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style errors
  • Browser extension, mobile app, and desktop client
  • Free version
  • Premium version $4.92/month

Pros:

  • Supports multiple languages
  • Add-ons for Microsoft Word, Google Drive, and more

Cons:

  • Free version has limited capability

Check Out LanguageTool

8. OnlineCorrection.com

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Features:

  • Checks grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Offers suggestions for improvements

Pros:

  • Finds and highlights spelling errors
  • Easy-to-identify color coded mark-up
  • Free

Cons:

  • Text must be pasted into text box on site
  • No mobile app or browser extension

Check Out OnlineCorrection

9. After the Deadline

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Features:

Checks for spelling, grammar, and style
Available as an extension, plug-in, or add-on for a variety of platforms, including WordPress

Pros:

  • Browser extension
  • WordPress plug-in
  • Free

Cons:

  • Cannot use with Microsoft Word
  • Limited capability

Check Out After the Deadline

10. PaperRater

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Features:

  • Checks for grammar and spelling
  • Detects passive voice, vocabulary usage, sentence length and variability, and phrases to avoid
  • Identifies plagiarism
  • Free version
  • Premium version $7.95/month

Pros:

  • Checks for plagiarism
  • Automated scoring for students

Cons:

  • Free version has limitations on document length and number of plagiarism checks

Check Out PaperRater

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Tom Corson-Knowles is the founder of TCK Publishing, and the bestselling author of 27 books including Secrets of the Six-Figure author. He is also the host of the Publishing Profits Podcast show where we interview successful authors and publishing industry experts to share their tips for creating a successful writing career.

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