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Grammar and Style Check

| By Philip

Great writing requires more than a compelling story. You want your text to be articulate and free of mistyped words. Take your writing to the next level with Ulysses’ built-in grammar and style check (Mac only for the time being). It helps you fix grammar, spelling, and punctuation issues and offers recommendations on redundancy, style, and more — in over 20 languages.


You can access Ulysses’ advanced check via the dashboard’s revision view. This is a dedicated view whose colors are optimized for the task of revising your text. In addition to grammar and style check, you can also display annotations and the system’s spelling suggestions here.

How to Check Your Texts

Ulysses’ advanced check is an online service, therefore an internet connection is required to use it. When you use it for the first time, you will be asked to enable it. 

Later, all you need to do is open the sheet you want to analyze, open the dashboard via the toolbar’s gauge icon, switch to the revision view, and click “Check Text…”. You’ll have to do this for each sheet individually. Your language will be recognized automatically.


Now, your text will be analyzed, and potential issues will be flagged.


You can conveniently sift through the check’s suggestions via the dashboard. One click takes you to the highlighted passage in the editor, a double-click opens the suggestion with detailed information on the issue as well as a recommended alternative, and the option to ignore it. If you select the alternative, the text will be replaced automatically.

If your text contains recurring issues, you can even fix them all at once.


Click on the filter icon next to a category to reveal recurring issues.

To correct recurring issues of a certain type at once, double-click the suggestion and select the alternative from the popover.


 

Set Your Preferences

Via the gear icon bottom right of the dashboard, you can disable suggestion categories you don’t need. Enabling the option “Ignored” allows you to browse the suggestions you’ve ignored before.


From here, you can also set if you want to show annotations and the system’s spelling suggestions in the revision view.

To disable the grammar and style check for your sheet, uncheck all options in the “Advanced Check” section.

Ulysses’ grammar and style check is powered by the proofreading software LanguageTool Plus, and is available for almost all of Ulysses’ localized languages: English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Polish, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish. Korean is the only language not currently supported.

Furthermore, you can check texts in Catalan, Ukrainian, Irish, Breton, Arabic, Romanian, Esperanto, Galician, Persian, Tamil, Slovak, Italian, Slovenian, Danish, Asturian, Greek, Tagalog, Khmer, Swedish, and Belarusian. 

However, please note that the number of available suggestions differs from language to language.

A Note on Privacy

When you check a text, it will be sent to our servers, from which it is forwarded to LanguageTool for analysis. You have to explicitly trigger text check per sheet, and it will be run only in sheets where you do this, not in your entire library. While the text is being processed, it is kept on our servers and the servers of LanguageTool. It will be deleted from the servers shortly after the text checking has been completed.

This article was last updated on July 22, 2020.

Grammar and Style Check

Let Ulysses analyze your text and get informed suggestions in categories such as semantics, typography, punctuation, and style