How to check for inclusivity biases in Microsoft Word

Did you know that Microsoft Word in Microsoft 365 can check for the following inclusivity biases?

  • Age bias
  • Cultural bias
  • Ethnic slurs
  • Gender bias
  • Gender-neutral pronouns
  • Gender-specific language
  • Racial bias
  • Sexual orientation bias
  • Socioeconomic bias

Here is how to activate these settings.

How to…

1. In Microsoft Word, go to File > Options.

2. Click on “Proofing” on the left-hand side.

3. In the section “When correcting spelling and grammar in Word“, scroll down to “Writing Style” and click the “Settings…” button.

Word Options

4. In the dialog that opens, scroll down to the “Inclusiveness” section and select the settings that you would like Microsoft Word to check for.

.Grammar settings

5. Click OK to save the settings in Grammar Settings.

6. Click OK to save the settings in Word Options.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 50 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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