Update: 10/3/09: You can now check out my E How article (with pictures) that explains how to check the readability of text in Word 2007………………
This tip was passed on in one of my homeschooling groups and although I have seen this before in Word, I never paid too much attention, but its neat.
I pulled these directions out of Word 2007 because the person who posted did not go into enough details for me so I had to do a little fishing around. You can do this I am sure with earlier versions of word but the method may be a little different, just probably look for how to get the bold stuff below. (update: there’s an EHow Article (not mine) that tells how to do this in Office 2003.)
Enable readability statistics
Do the following in one of these Microsoft Office programs:
- Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Word Options.
- Click Proofing.
- Make sure Check grammar with spelling is selected.
- Under When correcting grammar in Word, select the Show readability statistics check box.
Note: The readability statistics that are referred to here are Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test
“This test rates text on a U.S. school grade level. For example, a score of 8.0 means that an eighth grader can understand the document.”
The last item under readability (Flesch-Kincaid Grade level) in the picture below from Word shows the grade level: 2.3.
I spell checked the sentence: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. (to test it)
You simply open your document in word and run a spell check. If you get something, say from Project Gutenberg, etc, in html, just cut and paste into Word and run the spell check. The box pops up after the spell check is complete if you have selected, Check grammar with spelling option AND When correcting grammar in Word, select the Show readability statistics.