Tips and advice - May 12, 2021 - 2 min

Three Ways to Run Antidote in Word

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Antidote integrates with your software to intervene wherever you write. Increase your efficiency by opening the corrector, dictionaries and guides within Microsoft Word. Plus, when you edit your text in the corrector, the changes automatically apply to the original document. So simple and useful! Here's how to use Antidote when writing in this writing application.

Antidote not showing in your Word application? Make sure you’ve added the correct connector. See our blog post for how to.

There are three ways to run Antidote from Word. Use the one that works best for you depending on your habits, where your cursor is, where you’re looking, or what you need at a specific time during writing. Each method offers its advantages!

1. The Ribbon or the Toolbar

This is the most obvious way to run Antidote, with the icons for the corrector, dictionaries and guides clearly visible. In addition, you can directly access one of the dictionaries or guides by clicking on the ▿ menu next to the icon.

  • On Windows

    Locate the Antidote tab in the ribbon.

  • On a Mac

    Locate the floating toolbar. To move it, click on the title and slide it.

Click on the corrector icon to launch it. It will begin its analysis from the sentence where the cursor is located. Very handy for reviewing the last section of text you wrote!

Likewise, by calling the dictionaries with the icon, Antidote opens on the entry corresponding to the word where the cursor is located. Even better, it will analyze the sentence to give you the correct entry, like the verb to visit in "I will visit the region" — and not the noun visit.

For a guide, click on the icon or select, for example, Business Writing from the ▿ menu, to view the components of an administrative letter and to find the right salutation depending on the formality of the letter and the intended recipient.

2. The Context Menu

This type of access will especially come in handy when you are in the middle of writing. Is the word you just typed correct? Is there a more elegant synonym? Select the word and right click. Choose Antidote — Dictionaries from the menu that appears to view resources for the word in question. No need to look for it or retype it!

On Windows On a Mac

Alternatively, if you have edited a paragraph in a long document and only want to review that passage, select it and access the corrector with a right click. It will only analyze this content. Much faster and more precise than processing all the text, right?

This way of correcting a passage also works with the icon in the ribbon or the toolbar.

3. The Connectix Agent

It’s the little flask in the notification area on Windows or the menu bar on Mac. Click the icon (right-click on Windows) to open the menu and select Corrector, Dictionaries or Guides. Even though it looks to be outside of Word, the Connectix Agent locates the active window you are working in and launches the language tools like the other two methods.

  • On Windows

  • On a Mac


Some of the ways of running Antidote shown here can be used in other applications. Try them by selecting a word and opening the context menu, you will see if Antidote is available! Otherwise, the Connectix Agent works in multiple contexts. It’s a good all-purpose tool, with its little flask always visible on your screen.

For details on a particular application, see the user guide in your software.

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