So... usually Lindsey Learns, which I have been lax of late in even writing (oops), focuses on something I'm learning as I read. This time I'm not featuring a book, though, just a nifty little feature in MS Word that I didn't know existed until now. I'm not sure how useful or helpful it actually is, but it's interesting.
Put very simply, Word can sort of generally maybe figure out what reading level your writing is geared toward. After it checks your document, it displays info about its readability, like so:
(That is from a short passage of my WiP) 18.2 words per sentence, really? Interesting. Also interesting that the Grade Level it decided is 7.8. Now, keep in mind, it's not scanning content here, it's looking at the average number of syllables per word and words per sentence. So I'm not really sure how useful is in actually predicting what someone else would level your book grade-wise, but interesting nonetheless. I'll have to try it again as my WiP grows in length.
Here's how you do it:
1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
2. Select the Check grammar with spelling check box.
3. Select the Show readability statistics check box, and then click OK.
4. On the Standard toolbar, click Spelling and Grammar .
5. When Microsoft Word finishes checking spelling and grammar, it displays information about the reading level of the document.
(I got that right from the Help section in MS Word)
the actual Microsoft.com:
1.Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
3.Make sure Check grammar with spelling is selected.
4.Under When correcting grammar in Word, select the Show readability statistics check box.
One thing to note: I kept trying it and wondering where the actual display was because I couldn't find it. Turns out, you have to complete the spelling/grammar check (so follow the steps above to change the settings and then actually run the check - click through the "replaces" and "ignores" as you would if you were checking for real) and it shows up when the check is complete. So I'm not sure how often I'd do this... but it's interesting. One more Word feature discovered! Sometimes I feel like Word is a game full of Easter eggs, KWIM?