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Warning! HubPages Staff Cautions Against Using Grammarly for Building Hubs
HubPages staff recommends that Grammarly not be used when creating hubs. This is due to some conflicts between Grammarly and HP programs. I have found only one conflict so far. When I open a capsule and attempt to create a link, the link tool does not work.
If you install the free Grammarly products but choose to follow the advice of HP staff and not use them when creating hubs, go to your browser and disable the Grammarly extension while you are working on the hub. After you are finished, you can enable the extension and use it as normal.
You may also consider using Grammarly as you write the article with your particular writing software such as Word or Pages and then transferring it to the hub after spellchecking. If you use an online writing program such as Pages/iCloud, You can use the Grammarly browser extension to edit.
Are you tired of proofreading over and over again, then posting your article on HubPages, WordPress or any other location on the web, only to find another misspelling right after you click the publish button?
Here is a way to minimize or even eliminate that problem. Grammarly is described on their website as an "Online proofreading tool that checks the text for grammar, punctuation, and style, and features a contextual spelling checker and plagiarism detector."
The cool thing about the spell checker is that it also considers context. In other words, it can tell if you've used their instead of there.
Hey, writers, does that sound helpful? I imagine non-native English speakers will find this tool to be very valuable. I just used it on my latest hub, and I found several misspellings and grammar errors that never caught my eye. I don't want to put the new HP editors out of work, but this tool might do just that.
Before you do anything else, go to Grammarly.com and open a free account. This is critical to using Grammarly to its fullest.
Grammarly's Free Downloads
First, you need to get the software for your PC or Mac and the app for your browser. That's right, you need to do two installations to get the complete, free package. Yes, I said free. I will be giving website addresses to a few places, so stick with me, it might be slightly confusing.
Installing Grammarly into Your Mac Browser
Here is a site where Mac users can download Grammarly for Chrome/Mac. Simply click on Add to Chrome and follow instructions. I have read that Mac users can also use the Grammarly for Chrome PC and install Grammarly onto Safari and Firefox as well. The site says it is not for Macs, but, reportedly, it does work, so give it a try if you need it for a browser other than Chrome. Follow all the steps provided by the installation site and you will be good to go online with Grammarly. You will know it is there because, if you are signed in, Grammarly will be correcting you in real time wherever you go.
Installing Grammarly on Your PC Browser
PC users go to Grammarly for Chrome/PC and choose the browser into which you wish to install Grammarly. Follow all instructions given by the site and you should be all set with Grammarly online.
Installing Grammarly on your Mac Laptop or Desktop Computer
Mac users go Grammarly for Mac Laptop/Desktop and begin the download. Once it has been downloaded, you will need to install the program and move it to your applications file. The installation site even has a nice graphic for you to use to move the program. That's it. You are good to go offline and work on documents with Grammarly eagerly checking all of your work.
Installing Grammarly on your PC
PC users, go to Grammarly for PC You are looking for the download button for PC. This will allow you to use Grammarly offline on documents. Follow all instructions on the site, making sure you download, install and move the program to where the site instructs you to move it. I'm not a PC user, but I imagine it is the program file. But you should receive instructions as you go through the process.
Remember, whenever you want to use Grammarly online or offline, open the program and sign in to your Grammarly account. (Be sure to open a Grammarly account).
Tutorial for Using Grammarly Offline
Using Grammarly On HubPages and Everywhere Online
Once you have Grammarly installed in your browser, it will go wherever you go online, checking all of your grammar and spelling. For those on HubPages, it will follow you right into your hubs and capsules. Just make sure you are signed in and you will see the little green G in the bottom right corner.
Hover your cursor over the green G, and it will show the number of errors that need to be corrected. Click on that number and Grammarly will take you to a screen where it shows you the errors and suggests corrections. If you agree with the correction, click on it, and your text will be corrected automatically. If you disagree with Grammarly, a fist will come out of your screen.....no, I'm sorry, that isn't true. You can click on the x to the far right to cancel the suggested correction.
I imagine this could lead to more hubs being featured here on HubPages and maybe more being moved to the niche sights.
Sign in Before Using
When you want to use Grammarly to its fullest extent, open the program on your PC or Mac. Otherwise, you will get an occasional message that you are not yet signed in.
One FYI before we go. The app and software I have described are the free versions of Grammarly. They also have versions you can purchase. You won't be able to forget that because they have built in many ways of reminding you of that fact.
I hope you enjoy the Grammarly programs as much as I am. I look forward to hearing how it works out for you. If you discover steps that I should add to the article, feel free to leave it here as a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FYI if you are a Hubber Considering Grammarly Chrome Extension
I discovered this problem after publishing this article. Grammarly Chrome Extension will cause your link building tool here on HubPages not to work. That is the tool within the capsules that you use to make a link when you are creating a new hub. If you need to build a link, simply open your Chrome preferences, click on Extensions, scroll down to Grammarly and uncheck the enable/disable box. When you are finished with the link tool, go back to Chrome extensions and re-enable Grammarly.