The topics listed below outline how SmartEdit for Word works. If you’re looking for a quick overview of the software
as a whole, read the Getting Started topic. Throughout the website and
the topics below, screenshots and examples are taken from applying SmartEdit to “Riders of the Purple Sage,” by Zane Grey.
Getting started — Running SmartEdit for the first time
If you’re new to SmartEdit, this is the place to start. Learn the basics about the SmartEdit user interface,
how results appear inside Word and how you go about analysing them and making changes to your document. After
reading this topic you should be able to run your first checks in SmartEdit and start making immediate changes.
Overview of SmartEdit checks — adverbs, dialog tags, homonyms, etc.
Learn about the various word and phrase usage checks in SmartEdit, from the adverb, redundancy and cliché
checks to the homonym, dialog tags and proper nouns checks. This topic comes with some great screenshots from
our sample novel, highlighting how extensive the results are and how easy it is to identify areas for improvement
in your novel.
This topic covers the many punctuation checks in SmartEdit and goes into detail on the popular Sentence Start
check. Our sample novel begins a sentence with the word ‘And’ 198 times. Do you have a similar habit and if so,
would you like to know about it? The sentence length check is also discussed, showing you how to identify extra
long sentences in your document with a single click.