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How To Turn LanguageTool Rules On and Off

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As a LanguageTool user, you have the power to decide which rules to turn on and off. This guide will teach you how, so you can optimize your LanguageTool experience to better suit your writing style and preferences.

White text over blue background reads Enabling and disabling rules (on LanguageTool).
Turning rules on and off on LanguageTool is easy.

What Is LanguageTool?

LanguageTool is a powerful writing assistant that enhances your text by correcting a wide range of errors and offering stylistic suggestions that improve the tone, flow, and readability. With support for over thirty languages and dialects, this powerful grammar, spelling, and punctuation checker can be used across multiple platforms including Mac and Windows apps, the online editor, and various add-ons and plug-ins.

LanguageTool is a multilingual writing assistant that uses different colors for different types of corrections.
Red notifications are spelling errors; yellow are grammar mistakes; purple are style suggestions; and blue are rephrased sentences. 

What Are Rules?

If you’re not tech-savvy, you might be wondering what rules are. Rules refer to the specific grammar and spelling guidelines that are used to analyze and check a piece of text for errors. These rules include basic grammar and spelling checks, as well as more advanced checks for style, tone, and readability.

LanguageTool uses a complex set of algorithms and rules to analyze the writing and provide constructive feedback on areas that need improvement, allowing users to fine-tune their writing for greater clarity and effectiveness.

Every writer is unique. Customizing which rules to apply allows you to optimize your writing experience to suit your writing goals. Below, we’ll show you how to enable and disable rules, so you can use LanguageTool to its fullest potential.

How Do You Enable and Disable LanguageTool Rules?

Before we begin, there are five significant points we need to make:

  1. By default, all rules are enabled.
  2. Keep in mind that some rules are only available for Premium users.
  3. Turning off Picky Mode automatically disables certain rules (like style suggestions).
  4. Rules can be disabled in the add-ons.
  5. However, once disabled, rules can only be RE-ENABLED via add-ons.

Disabling LanguageTool Rules on the Editor

Turning off a rule on the Editor only disables that rule specifically in that text. Once you start writing a new text, the rule will be on again.

LanguageTool screenshot shows how to "ignore" rules on a certain text.
You can temporarily disable a rule in the editor by clicking “Ignore” when the dialog box appears.

You can also click on the error that appears on the right-hand side of the editor and click on “Ignore in this text.”

LanguageTool screenshot shows how second way to temporarily ignore rules in a certain document.
Clicking on “Ignore in this text” will only disable the rule for that specific document or text. 

Disabling LanguageTool Rules on Add-ons

To disable a rule permanently (that is, until you re-enable it) when using the LanguageTool add-on, simply click on “Turn off rule everywhere” in the dialog box.

LanguageTool screenshot shows how to turn off rules permanently (or until you re-enable them).
You can also temporarily disable rules in the plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions by clicking “Ignore in this text.”

Re-enabling LanguageTool Rules

The following step-by-step guide will demonstrate how to re-enable rules using the LanguageTool Chrome extension on a Google Doc. The same steps can be applied to any other add-on.

1. Click on the LanguageTool icon

LanguageTool screenshot shows where to click to open sittings.
You can click on the error icon or the "LT" LanguageTool icon to get to the settings. 

2. Click on the settings icon

LanguageTool screenshot shows were to find the settings icon.
The settings icon is on the bottom right-hand side.

3. Scroll down to and select “Disabled rules”

Screenshot shows where to find "Disabled rules" in settings.
Once you reach the settings page, you’ll have to scroll down to find “Disabled rules.”

4. Hover over the rule you want to enable and select “Click to enable rule”

Screenshot shows how to enable rules.
You can also click on “Enable all” to quickly re-enable all rules. 

Play By the Rules (Or Don’t)

There are countless different types of writers that produce various and unique sorts of written work. With a vast array of writing styles and genres, it’s important for LanguageTool users to have control over their writing and proofreading process.

By allowing customization of rules that are applied to their text, LanguageTool empowers writers to optimize their writing experience and produce work that is tailored to their specific needs and style.

So, whether you’re a creative writer, an academic writer, or anything in between, LanguageTool is the perfect writing assistant for you. Try it today and take the first step towards enhancing your writing skills and improving the quality of your written work.

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