Writing in the passive voice is a problem for many writers (myself included!) It is a difficult habit to break, and is often tough to recognize when you proofread your own work. Fortunately Microsoft Word 2013 can check for passive sentences in your documents, although it it not enabled by default.
Our tutorial below will show you how to find the menu where you can customize the settings for the Spelling and Grammar checker in the program. This menu includes a setting for the passive voice checker, which we will show you how to enable.
Enable Passive Voice Checker in Word 2013
The steps below are going to show you how to change the settings for the spelling and grammar checker in Word 2013. Once enabled, Word 2013 will also check for any sentences written in the passive voice.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left of the window.
Step 3: Click Options at the bottom of the left column.
Step 4: Click the Proofing tab.
Step 5: Scroll to the When correcting spelling and grammar in Word section, then click the Settings button.
Step 6: Scroll to the Style section of the menu, then check the box to the left of Passive sentences.
Step 7: Click the drop-down menu under Writing style, then click the Grammar & Style option.
Step 8: Scroll down to the Style section again, then check the box to the left of Passive sentences again. You can then click the OK button on both of the open windows to save and apply your changes.
Now when you run the Spelling & Grammar checker on the Review tab, Word will run a passive voice check as well.