Microsoft® Word – Document Readability

Microsoft® Word can scan your document and provide you with readability statistics, including CountsAverages, and Readability Scores. Once enabled, Microsoft Word will review your document and provide you with a Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Score. The Flesch Reading Ease Score is based on a 100-point scale, so the higher the number, the easier your document is to understand. Also, the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Score provides you with a US Grade Level the text is writtenGenerally, most documents should aim for a Flesch Reading Ease Score of around 60 and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Score of around 8.0.Enabling Readability Statistics (Microsoft Word 2013/2016 – Windows):

  • Launch Microsoft® Word 2013/2016
  • Click on the File tab
  • Click on Options
  • Under the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section, make sure that Check grammar with spelling and Show readability statistics are checked
  • Click OK

Scanning Your Document for Readability:

  • Click on the Review tab
  • Click on the Spelling & Grammar button, located in the Proofing group

Enabling Readability Statistics (Microsoft Word 2011/2016 – Mac):

  • Launch Microsoft® Word 2011/2016
  • Click on the Word menu
  • Click on Preferences
  • Under the Authoring and Proofing Tools section, double-click on Spelling & Grammer
  • Under the Grammar section, make sure that Check grammar with spelling and Show readability statistics are checked
  • Close the Word Preferences window

Scanning Your Document for Readability:

  • Click on the Review tab
  • Click on the Spelling & Grammar button

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