Getting started: 5 steps
Learn the fundamentals of Writer with these short videos on the basics.
Teams that have transformed their writing have done these five things after setting up a Writer account. Some will take a few minutes and others a few hours — either way, the short videos below walk you through the fundamentals of each of the five key steps.
What's in this article
- Step 1. Install a plugin
- Step 2. Customize suggestions
- Step 3. Add your company terms
- Step 4. Add content snippets
- Step 5. Setup and share your style guide
Step 1. Install a plugin
Go to Apps in the bottom-left menu to find Writer apps and extensions.
- For web-based applications (Gmail, Google Docs, WordPress, etc), select Writer Chrome extension.
- For Microsoft Word, select Writer for Word.
- For Microsoft Outlook, select Writer for Outlook.
- For Figma, select Writer for Figma.
Step 2. Customize suggestions
- Punctuation preferences
- Rules about introducing acronyms
- Date and number formatting
- Target grade/reading level
- Active versus passive voice
- Inclusive language
- Setting an English locale for spelling (US, UK, Canada, or Australia)
Go to Setup in the left menu to customize writing suggestions to your preferences.
Learn more about suggestions with this deeper dive article and video.
Step 3. Add your company terms
Go to Terms in the left menu to set up your company terminology and word lists.
Learn more about terms with this deeper dive article and video.
Step 4. Add content snippets
- Mission statements
- Marketing boilerplate
- Employee bios
- UX copy
- Disclaimer language
- Canned emails
- Any repeatable phrases or sentences that you want to write consistently
Learn more about snippets with this deeper dive article.
Step 5. Set up and share your style guide
When you update your terms and snippets, the content on these pages will automatically update your style guide.
Learn more about building a style guide with this deeper dive article.