Take a Tour of WordRake for Word

WordRake for Microsoft Word for Windows

WordRake helps you edit documents to make them clear and concise. This tour has three parts. If you’ve already entered your license key, skip to Step 2: Editing with WordRake.

STEP 1: Setting up

You must activate your WordRake license before you may begin using WordRake. Copy the key, click on the License button and paste the key into the space provided.


STEP 2: Editing with WordRake

When you click the Rake button, WordRake will analyze the document’s text for opportunities to improve clarity and brevity—but it won’t check your spelling, so be sure to do that first!

To start, click the WordRake tab in Word’s ribbon/toolbar.



Next, check the box to tell WordRake which types of editing suggestions you’d like to receive. Select Brevity to shorten sentences or Simplicity to change complex words into familiar ones. You can select both. If you don’t choose, you will receive only Brevity suggestions.


Then, click the Rake button and watch WordRake ripple through your document. WordRake presents its suggestions in the familiar track-changes form. Depending on your writing style, WordRake will offer about 10-30 editing suggestions per page.


Just like working with a live editor, you’ll need to review each editing suggestion. If you like an edit, click Accept and Go to Next. If you don’t, click Reject. Users typically accept 7-12 edits per page.


If there’s a section of your document that can’t be changed, you can reject several suggestions at once by highlighting that section, then clicking Reject. (This also works with Accept.)


If you’re not sure whether you’ll like a suggested edit, try clicking the smaller Accept button. This will accept the edit, but not advance to the next suggestion, which allows you to review the accepted result in place before moving on.


If you change your mind after accepting or rejecting an edit, you can click Undo using Microsoft’s built-in features.


To resume editing at the next suggestion, click Next Edit.


Now you’re ready to Rake!

STEP 3: Exploring the Ribbon

Would you like to learn more about the options on the WordRake ribbon?

As shown below, the WordRake ribbon is divided into seven categories. You’ll use the Analyze, Edit, and Navigate categories most. We covered the primary functionality in those categories in Step 2. Let’s take a closer look at three features we think you’ll love.


Get Readability Scores

The option to check the complexity of text is available in WordRake for Word on Mac or Windows. When you click the shortcut button, you’ll get an enhanced version of Microsoft's readability feature without leaving the WordRake ribbon or first running spellcheck.


WordRake’s readability score offering adds contextual feedback, which reflects the information sophisticated professionals care about, including information about expected adult reading levels and example publications to demonstrate comparable reading difficulty.

Readability Scores updated

Business and professional writers should aim for a reading ease score of 60-70 or higher, though many judicial opinions score in the 30-range.

Use Microsoft Features

WordRake offers shortcuts to popular Microsoft editing functions, so you can quickly and easily get the most from your software.


Users will find that the functionality and results are the same when launched from WordRake’s ribbon as when launched from Microsoft’s original locations. By having these shortcuts on WordRake’s ribbon, users can quickly access their most frequently used editing tools without leaving the WordRake ribbon.

Report a Bad Edit

We’re on a mission to regularly improve and refine WordRake’s editing algorithms, so we’d like your feedback on edits that don’t meet your expectations or that could be adjusted. Now you can provide that feedback from a button on the ribbon.

Because we prioritize data privacy and confidentiality, WordRake never tracks your usage or sends your documents to the cloud, so we must rely on your feedback to improve. Please report any edits you think could be better. The suggestions are collected in a web form, which you can access the form from the WordRake ribbon or by bookmarking the link.

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