How to Finally Add a Thesaurus to Google Docs

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If you find yourself struggling to find that perfect word while writing something up in Google Docs, a new add-on could come in very handy. Writefull adds a much-needed thesaurus so you no longer have to switch to another website or open up Word when you’re searching for synonyms.

Once you add Writefull to Google Docs, you’re going to have to grant the app access to your Google account. Writefull needs the following permissions to work:

  • View and manage your documents in Google Drive.
  • View and manage data associated with the application.
  • Allow this application to run when you are not present.
  • Connect to an external service.

Once you grant Writefull access to your Google account, you should find it under the Add-Ons menu. Unfortunately, Writefull doesn’t work the same way the thesaurus operates in Word. You can’t right-click a word to see its synonyms. Instead, you have to open up Writefull from the menu.

The add-on sits on the right-hand side of the screen. You can either highlight the text you want to look up and hit the Paste from selection button or you can just enter the word you want to look up. Your results are sorted by similarity and you can quickly insert your selection into your document by clicking the Paste button.

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So how good is Writefull? There were some surprisingly common words that are not included in Writefull’s database. That said, Writefull does also allow you to look up phrases (not just individual words), recognizes conjugated verbs and plural nouns, and uses artificial intelligence to sort the results for you.

What do you think of Writefull? Is it the thesaurus you’ve been waiting for to use with Google Docs? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Mark
    May 5, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    What do you mean "How to Finally Add a Thesaurus to Google Docs". When I attempted to add this feature, I noticed a thesaurus from another source already built into add-ons.

    • Chris
      May 8, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Yes, there is already a Google add on which doesn't require those crazy permissions.