Display readability statistics

Some of the content in this topic may not be applicable to some languages.

  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 (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Spelling and Grammar Button image.

When Microsoft Word finishes checking spelling and grammar, it displays information about the reading level of the document.


  • If you've set up Word to check the spelling and grammar of text in other languages, and a document contains text in multiple languages, Word displays readability statistics for text in the last language that was checked. For example, if a document contains three paragraphs — the first in English, the second in French, and the third in English — Word displays readability statistics for the third English paragraph only.
  • For some European languages within an English document, Word displays only information about counts and averages, not readability.
Applies to:
Word 2003