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Annotate PRO for Microsoft Word

Annotate PRO for Microsoft 2016 is a simple (but mighty!) add-in  that makes it easy to give personalized, detailed feedback to students on their work.

Annotate PRO installs into Microsoft Word 2016 in seconds, through the new Office Store. The free version comes with 10 comment focused on argument, all of which you can edit. You can choose to purchase our College Edition or Legal Writing Edition libraries from inside the app. Or bring custom comment libraries to your institution to power tutoring, writing across the curriculum, peer review, project based learning, AP English, or any number of initiatives.

With one click you’ll be able to give targeted feedback on a particular issue, often including a link out to additional resources. In a split second you’ll help students by providing detailed feedback and wow them with your personal attention.

Using Annotate PRO:

Annotate PRO for Microsoft Word 2016 installs through the Office Store – a few clicks, sign up for an Annotate account, and you’re OFF!

Annotate appears as a ‘taskpane’ – you can search your library, edit, all from this space. The taskpane can be detached and ‘floated;’ if you’re a dual-monitor maven you’ll love it.

Whichever library you have installed, you’ll be able to quickly search hundreds of comments. You don’t need to search for a button or remember an obscure code. Just starting typing…”Comma spli…” will surface comments on comma splices. Tying “counterar” will surface comments focused on counterargument.

Hit Enter and your comment will be inserted wherever your cursor is positioned: in a comment bubble, or in the main body of the text.

Of course you can personalize the text – it’s just a comment, after all. No special software. Students don’t have to do anything differently.

Your Comment Libraries are editable from any web browser. You get easy, web-based updating to personalize a stock library or author your own comments from scratch. They’re immediately available in Microsoft Word.

What I like best about Annotate is that it allows me to customize the program to reflect my own voice and style. I also love the fact that it allows me to draft quite lengthy comments, all the better to explain complex or multi-step concepts to my students.

Lisa T. McElroy

Professor, Drexel University Earle Mack College of Law

Wow, I wish I had found this even sooner. With working with doctoral students, and trying to provide mountains of feedback, I need all the help I can get and this tool is exactly the thing I was looking for. I am also recommending the Writer’s Toolkit to all of my students.

Dr. Kaye Shelton

Professor of Education, Lamar University


Or checkout this short “how to install” overview video to learn more…

Available Libraries:

College Edition Library

Designed for college & high school writing
  • 100 pre-written comments covering six key areas of writing
  • Authored by writing instructors with a combined 30 years' experience
  • 70 open slots you can use to add your own content
  • Fast editing of any & all comments
  • macOS and Windows
  • Microsoft Word 2016 App
  • Google Chrome App
Learn More

Legal Writing Edition Library

Designed for first-year law school writing
  • 350 pre-written comments covering briefs & memos
  • Authored by Professor Mitchell Nathanson of Villanova Law School
  • 300 open slots you can use to add your own content
  • Fast editing of any and all comments
  • macOS and Windows
  • Microsoft Word 2016 app
  •  Google Chrome app
Learn More

And of course there’s always our Google Chrome Extension – same features, just available in any webpage. Google Docs. Gmail. Blackboard. Canvas. Schoolology.